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Hospital of the Holy Cross, boundary wall and gate piers

A Grade II Listed Building in Shrewsbury, Shropshire

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Latitude: 52.7081 / 52°42'29"N

Longitude: -2.7441 / 2°44'38"W

OS Eastings: 349822

OS Northings: 312531

OS Grid: SJ498125

Mapcode National: GBR BJ.2K3P

Mapcode Global: WH8BT.T6G7

Plus Code: 9C4VP754+69

Entry Name: Hospital of the Holy Cross, boundary wall and gate piers

Listing Date: 10 January 1953

Last Amended: 17 November 1995

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1246431

English Heritage Legacy ID: 455064

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2

County: Shropshire

Civil Parish: Shrewsbury

Built-Up Area: Shrewsbury

Traditional County: Shropshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

Church of England Parish: Shrewsbury Holy Cross

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

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SJ 4912 NE

ABBEY FOREGATE (north side),
Hospital of the Holy Cross, boundary wall and gate piers

(Formerly Listed as: ABBEY FOREGATE (North side) Hospital of the Holy Cross)


Hospital or almshouses. Buildings dated 1853, but an earlier foundation. Pountney Smith. Coursed and squared red sandstone rubble with plain tiled roofs. Two ranges at right angles to each other in domestic Gothic style.

EXTERIOR: left-hand range comprises two units. Two storeys, two-window range with two wide slightly advanced gables linked by projecting doorcases. Paired moulded four-centred arched doorways in centre of elevation, with mullioned windows of two and three round-headed lights each side, two-light mullioned windows above, all with hoodmoulds. Lancet lights over the doorways. In gable facing the street, two-light mullioned window with drop-ended hoodmould over and corbelled oriel above, with paired traceried mullions and leaded lights. Coped gables with finials. Rear and axial stacks with barleycorn decoration and cusped caps.

Wall with archway links this block to range parallel to street. This range is also two storeys, three-window range with central advanced gable with three-light traceried mullioned bay window to ground floor with date and coat of arms in parapet. Oriel window above, with traceried mullions and embattled parapet. Arcade of three bays each side of this central gable forming porches. Doors within the porches flanked by single and two-light mullioned windows. Paired upper mullioned windows set beneath small gables. Gable and axial stacks, and a side wall stack on front gable, all highly enriched with barleycorn decoration, and with cusped caps.

SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: adjoining the right-angled range, a low stone boundary wall with wrought-iron railings and central gateway. Four-centred archway in buttressed stepped surround with raking copings and cross finial. Wrought-iron gates. Wall and railings link to higher stretch of stone wall with raking copings to right.

Listing NGR: SJ4982112533

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