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Moor Hospital, Blocks 40,41,42,44 and 46

A Grade II* Listed Building in Lancaster, Lancashire

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Latitude: 54.047 / 54°2'49"N

Longitude: -2.7765 / 2°46'35"W

OS Eastings: 349256

OS Northings: 461503

OS Grid: SD492615

Mapcode National: GBR 9P1N.P0

Mapcode Global: WH847.BJ3V

Entry Name: Moor Hospital, Blocks 40,41,42,44 and 46

Listing Date: 24 January 1994

Last Amended: 13 March 1995

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1289436

English Heritage Legacy ID: 383289

Location: Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1

County: Lancashire

District: Lancaster

Town: Lancaster

Electoral Ward/Division: John O'Gaunt

Built-Up Area: Lancaster

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Church of England Parish: Lancaster Christ Church

Church of England Diocese: Blackburn

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Listing Text


1685-1/1/254 (South side (off))
24/01/94 Moor Hospital, Blocks 40, 41, 42, 44
and 46
(Formerly Listed as:
Moor Hospital, Blocks 40, 41, 42, 44
and 46)


County lunatic asylum, now the nucleus of the 'Old Side' of
the Moor Hospital. 1816. By Thomas Standen, and extended in
stages until c1850. Sandstone ashlar with hipped slate roofs
under relatively recent asbestos sheeting. In plan the
original U-shaped block of 1816 has a 5-bay centre facing
north with 5-bay wings to each side and 18-bay rear wings
projecting south from them; projecting at right angles from
the southern ends of the rear wings are 11-bay wings of c1840,
while two 11-bay wings (dating from c1850) project northwards
from the original facade. Only these parts are of special
The main facade has a slightly projecting centre of 2 storeys
and an attic above a basement with a 4-column Tuscan Doric
portico bearing in its pediment a panel inscribed with the
date 'MDCCCXVI'; it has an eaves cornice, a hipped roof, and 2
chimney stacks, each of 16 flues. The basement and ground
floor have chamfered rustication topped by a pulvinated frieze
which forms a sill band to the second floor windows. The
triglyph frieze of the pediment continues as a plain deep band
across the outer bays. The openings in the ground floor have
semicircular heads, though the slightly recessed windows have
flat lintels while the door has a fanlight. All the other
windows have plain reveals and are sashed with glazing bars
(12 and 6 panes).
The 5-bay side wings have only 2 storeys, with a plain band
between them, and windows with plain reveals. On each side the
fourth bay from the centre (which lights the long corridor of
the rear wings) has a tripartite window on each floor. All
these windows have recent joinery.
The wings projecting northwards to left and right have 2
storeys and are of 11 bays with a 3-bay projection in the
centre and a 4-bay projection at the outer end. Their northern
facades are each of 5 bays. The right-hand facade (Block 40)
has altered joinery, blocked window openings to the outer
bays, and a central doorway with flanking pilasters and
lights. The left-hand facade retains glazing bar sashes. The
tripartite central window on the first floor has pilasters as
mullions and has blind outer lights. The central doorway has
an architrave, flanking lights, pilasters, and a triglyph
frieze. A Tuscan porch breaks forwards in front of the door
and has a blocking course above the cornice.

Listing NGR: SD4922861473

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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