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Infirmary Block and Linking Corridors at Former New End Hospital

A Grade II Listed Building in Hampstead Town, London

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Latitude: 51.5584 / 51°33'30"N

Longitude: -0.1776 / 0°10'39"W

OS Eastings: 526431

OS Northings: 185961

OS Grid: TQ264859

Mapcode National: GBR D0.FX1

Mapcode Global: VHGQR.V3Z5

Entry Name: Infirmary Block and Linking Corridors at Former New End Hospital

Listing Date: 11 January 1999

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1322109

English Heritage Legacy ID: 477581

Location: Camden, London, NW3

County: London

District: Camden

Electoral Ward/Division: Hampstead Town

Built-Up Area: Camden

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Christ Church Hampstead

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text


798-1/26/1192 Infirmary block and linking
corridors at former New End Hospital


Hampstead parish workhouse infirmary block. 1869-71, extended
in similar style 1878; all designed by John Giles of Messrs
Giles & Bevan. Converted for residential use 1996-98, John
Thompson Associates, architects. Yellow stock brick with brick
bands at floor levels. Hipped, low pitched slated roof.
4 storeys and basement. A long, single depth range with
attached tower to the south end and linking corridors to the
north. Segmental brick arches with stuccoed keystones to
recessed sashes. Tower has cast-iron balcony to top floor.
Linking corridors formed on a cast-iron frame of Tuscan
columns, each floor corridor of separate timber construction
and continuously glazed with 6-pane sliding sashes.
INTERIORS: plain and functional.
HISTORICAL NOTE: following a damning report on the state of
workhouses in The Lancet of July 1865 the Workhouse Infirmary
Act of 1867 insisted on the provision of separate
accommodation for sick and able-bodied paupers. A visit by the
inspecting Medical Officer to Hampstead in July 1868 had found
the available accommodation totally inadequate with some male
paupers sleeping in straw in an open shed. Steps to provide
further accommodation were immediately put in hand, that at
Hampstead one of the first and oldest surviving: the infirmary
also housed a separation ward and a lying-in ward. It was
designed in response to Florence Nightingale's reforms in
nursing and hospital design giving high, light wards which
were narrow enough to allow cross-ventilation.
The former infirmary block forms a linked group with the New
End Hospital former Workhouse Block (qv), the Circular Ward &
attached Water Tower (qv), and the Boilerhouse Chimney (qv).
It has exceptional townscape value.

Listing NGR: TQ2643185961

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