History in Structure

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Former Hospital, Brock Barracks

A Grade II Listed Building in Norcot, Reading

Approximate Location Map
Large Map »
Street View
Contributor Photos »

Street View is the best available vantage point looking, if possible, towards the location of the building. In some locations, Street View may not give a view of the actual building, or may not be available at all. Where it is not available, the satellite view is shown instead.


Latitude: 51.457 / 51°27'25"N

Longitude: -1.0038 / 1°0'13"W

OS Eastings: 469309

OS Northings: 173583

OS Grid: SU693735

Mapcode National: GBR QCF.N4

Mapcode Global: VHDWS.KM5X

Entry Name: Former Hospital, Brock Barracks

Listing Date: 8 July 1998

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1375593

English Heritage Legacy ID: 469557

Location: Reading, RG30

County: Reading

Electoral Ward/Division: Norcot

Built-Up Area: Reading

Traditional County: Berkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Berkshire

Church of England Parish: Tilehurst St George

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

Find accommodation in

Listing Text

(south side)
Former hospital, Brock barracks


Barracks hospital. 1877, designed at the War Office by Mahor HC Seddon RE, supervising engineer Major Flint RE. Red brick with yellow brick bands, moulded brick heads and stone dressings; truncated ridge stacks and tiled cross-gable roof. PLAN: double-depth administrative N end and S ward with corner sanitary tower. EXTERIOR 2 storeys; 3:3-window range. An asymmetrical block with yellow sill and lintel bands and a moulded brick transom band, the administrative end has paired gables to the N and a cross gable each side, the ward range is gabled to the S, all coped on moulded kneelers; tall narrow windows with small-paned sashes, transoms and cambered heads Square sanitary tower to SE corner has narrow 4/4-pane sashes and a parapet with bracketed coping. Mid C20 extension to the side of the central W doorway, in the same style. INTERIOR: plain, the ward divided to form classrooms. HISTORY: an example of a Localisation hospital containing orderlies' rooms, offices and 2 cross-lit wards, built for the Reading Localisation depot. A standard single-ward adaptation of the pavilion plan, with the, characteristic sanitary annexe, for a brigade depot; compare with the more elaborate example at the former Norwich barracks. The Cardwell reforms redistributed barracks around the country to encourage local connections, and assist recruitment. Included as part of, with Bodmin, one of the two most complete surviving depots. (Watson Colone Sir HM: History of the Corps of Royal Engineers: Chatham: 1954-: 157-160).

Listing NGR: SU6930973583

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

Selected Sources

Source links go to a search for the specified title at Amazon. Availability of the title is dependent on current publication status. You may also want to check AbeBooks, particularly for older titles.

Other nearby listed buildings

BritishListedBuildings.co.uk is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact BritishListedBuildings.co.uk for any queries related to any individual listed building, planning permission related to listed buildings or the listing process itself.

British Listed Buildings is a Good Stuff website.