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Preston Hospital Including Screen and Gates in Front

A Grade I Listed Building in Preston Upon The Weald Moors, Telford and Wrekin

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Latitude: 52.7346 / 52°44'4"N

Longitude: -2.4768 / 2°28'36"W

OS Eastings: 367900

OS Northings: 315326

OS Grid: SJ679153

Mapcode National: GBR BW.0YR9

Mapcode Global: WH9CW.XJQF

Entry Name: Preston Hospital Including Screen and Gates in Front

Listing Date: 4 January 1952

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1292617

English Heritage Legacy ID: 362374

Location: Preston upon the Weald Moors, Telford and Wrekin, TF6

County: Telford and Wrekin

Civil Parish: Preston Upon The Weald Moors

Traditional County: Shropshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

Church of England Parish: Preston Wealdmoors St Lawrence

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

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Preston Hospital including screen and gates in front



Built in circa 1725, a very fine example of Georgian almshouses. Founded in 1716 by the will of Lady Catherine Herbert, daughter of the first Earl of Bradford and widow of the last Lord Herbert of Chirbury, her brother Lord Torrington, in 1719 contributing £1,000 for the erection of the large dining hall.

Red brick with stone dressings, tiled hipped roof and parapet. Two storeys. Centre five bays with projecting twelve bay flanking wing with nine bay rusticated elliptical arcades. Sash windows with glazing bars in moulded stone architraves. The north west wing is older and contains rooms for almswomen. The opposite north east wing slightly later where children were taught domestic service. The central connecting range contains the hall and is 2:3:2 bays, the centre three bays has giant pilasters and heavy Doric entablature with balustrade, two large arched windows in Gibbs surrounds and impressive central doorway with round-arched Gibbs surround and pediment.

Over the centre a Victorian stone clock tower. Flanking right and left of wings are later quadrant wings. Across the front of the quadrangle fine C18 ornate wrought-iron gates and screen with overthrow with masques and unicorn, flanked by cast-iron railings. In 1731 an order for railings was placed with the Coalbrookdale Company. A short avenue of trees in front of gates to a pair of small gate lodges q.v.

INTERIOR: hall has contemporary panelling, two fireplaces with arched niches over, and portraits of the founders.

Listing NGR: SJ6790015326

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