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Imperial War Museum

A Grade II Listed Building in Southwark, London

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Latitude: 51.496 / 51°29'45"N

Longitude: -0.1083 / 0°6'30"W

OS Eastings: 531411

OS Northings: 179148

OS Grid: TQ314791

Mapcode National: GBR MK.TW

Mapcode Global: VHGR0.2NLJ

Plus Code: 9C3XFVWR+CM

Entry Name: Imperial War Museum

Listing Date: 27 September 1972

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1385640

English Heritage Legacy ID: 471044

Location: St. George's, Southwark, London, SE1

County: London

District: Southwark

Electoral Ward/Division: Cathedrals

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Southwark

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Southwark Holy Trinity and St Matthew

Church of England Diocese: Southwark

Tagged with: Military museum

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636-1/4/462 (South side)
27/09/72 Imperial War Museum


Bethlehem hospital for the insane, now museum. 1812-14,
extended 1835, 1844-46. By James Lewis, surveyor to the
Bridewell and Bethlehem Hospitals. Enlargements and
alterations by Sydney Smirke and P Hardwick, 1835 and 1844-6;
converted into museum c1936. Damaged and restored after World
War II.
MATERIALS: brick with stone details and hipped slate roof.
PLAN: central block of 3 storeys and basement, 17 bays
surmounted by octagonal dome on drum with copper roof which
contained chapel and replaced original cupola in 1840s; dome
rebuilt after fire in 1970s. Side wings of 1844-6 now
EXTERIOR: front has projecting section of 11 bays surmounted
by stone balustraded parapet; stone hexastyle Ionic portico to
central 5 bays (also of 1840s) with pediment containing coat
of arms and inscription on frieze: "Hen. VIII. Rege. Fvndatvm.
Civivm. Largitas. Perfecit". Wider central entrance with
panelled pilasters supporting entablature with cornice,
smaller flanking entrances. Ground-floor windows with moulded
stone architraves and aprons. 1st-floor windows similar but
with entablature and cornice; 1st-floor sill band. 2nd-floor
small windows with moulded stone architraves. Long, plain
wings to returns with round-headed windows.
INTERIOR: much altered.
HISTORICAL NOTE: hospital founded in 1246 and associated with
the insane from 1400. Moved from Moorfields to Southwark in
1812 and to Beckenham in 1926. The surrounding grounds are now
the Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park.

Listing NGR: TQ3141179148

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