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Harrington Infant School

A Grade II Listed Building in Workington, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.6149 / 54°36'53"N

Longitude: -3.5631 / 3°33'47"W

OS Eastings: 299151

OS Northings: 525534

OS Grid: NX991255

Mapcode National: GBR 3HK2.DH

Mapcode Global: WH5YW.78JJ

Entry Name: Harrington Infant School

Listing Date: 8 July 2003

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1390509

English Heritage Legacy ID: 490428

Location: Workington, Allerdale, Cumbria, CA14

County: Cumbria

District: Allerdale

Civil Parish: Workington

Built-Up Area: Workington

Traditional County: Cumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Harrington St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle

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Listing Text


566/0/10011 CHURCH ROAD
08-JUL-03 Harrington Infant School

Former Board School now infant school. 1875, with minor late C20 alterations. By Thomas Lewis Banks for The Harrington School Board. Coursed, squared, red sandstone rubble on a chamfered plinth, with detailing in buff sandstone, mostly ashlar. Steeply pitched Welsh slate roofs with decorative clay ridge tiles.
PLAN: Single-storey, E-plan with symmetrical elevation to Church Road, each arm containing a separate hall for each of the school's departments: Infants (centre) with Boys (right) and Girls (left).
EXTERIOR: Front elevation with centre gabled bay with outer gabled wings; gabled dormer on each side of the central gable with entrance doors at the angles of the two outer wings. Central bay steps forward slightly but outer wings are well forward of the front wall. At the rear each hall projects out into the playground producing a back-to-back E-shaped configuration. C20 casement window frames within original stone surrounds with shouldered arches. Front and north-east elevation windows all have hollow chamfers. Elsewhere windows are simpler with less detailing. Two arched entrances each in the angle of the outer wings. A coped, gabled dormer on each side of the central bay has two-lights, each with a transome and a relieving arch over each light. Between the dormer and the entrance doors there are 3 windows, similarly detailed, but without transomes. This pattern is mirrored on the other side of the central gabled bay. Matching outer gables, each with a 2-light window with a transome and shouldered arch. Within the relieving arch over each window, the buff ashlar is banded and one course has incised lettering: BOYS and GIRLS respectively. Between these bands red sandstone is laid in herringbone pattern. Gable apex with chamfered vent. Central coped gable with kneelers, finial and 3-light window, the centre-light stepping above the flanking lights, the transomes with shouldered arches. Similarly detailed relieving arch above, with incised lettering reading 'INFANTS'. Elsewhere on the banded ashlar in this gable a carved inscription which reads 'HARRINGTON SCHOOL BOARD and CHURCH ROAD SCHOOLS'
INTERIOR: Little-disturbed original plan form with minor C20 partitions and suspended ceilings, but roof structure, fireplaces, dado panelling, arched doors and doorheads with carved spandrels are all retained.

SOURCES: Cumberland Times 20th November 1875.
A.Stuart Gray, Edwardian Architecture: A Biographical Dictionary, 1985.
E.R.Robson, School Architecture, 1874, reprinted 1972.
RIBA, Directory of British Architects, 1834-1914, 2001
Banks, T.L. The Parish Church, Egremont, CWAAS Trans.
(O.S.)vi, 163-175

An early Board School of 1875, that retains its original plan and detailing, designed in a simple Gothic style by Thomas Lewis Banks, a regionally important architect (whose other work includes the Weslyan Methodist Church and the new Market Hall, both in Whitehaven).

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