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Pest House, Townlands Hospital

A Grade II Listed Building in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

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Latitude: 51.5386 / 51°32'18"N

Longitude: -0.9094 / 0°54'33"W

OS Eastings: 475734

OS Northings: 182746

OS Grid: SU757827

Mapcode National: GBR C4R.JWZ

Mapcode Global: VHDWG.6L2D

Plus Code: 9C3XG3QR+C6

Entry Name: Pest House, Townlands Hospital

Listing Date: 22 July 2003

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1390531

English Heritage Legacy ID: 490453

Location: Henley-on-Thames, South Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire, RG9

County: Oxfordshire

Civil Parish: Henley-on-Thames

Built-Up Area: Henley-on-Thames

Traditional County: Oxfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Oxfordshire

Church of England Parish: Henley-on-Thames

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Listing Text


696/0/10031 YORK ROAD

Pest House for former Henley Workhouse, unused at the time of inspection (December 2002). c.1790, possibly extended in C19, with minor later alterations. Red brick with some burned headers, and pitched slate roof. 2-room structure oriented E-W and set into sloping site, taller to E which may be the later extension.
EXTERIORS: N elevation facing main building slightly advanced to right with old brick including casement window and door to left faced with later brick. W elevation with central sash and some burned headers. S elevation with chimney to centre and casements, earlier brick to left. E elevation faced with later brick, door and casement in gable end.
INTERIOR: Not inspected but visible are lathe and plaster ceiling below collar level, a corner brick fireplace under segmental arch, and early brickwork.
SOURCES: ed. Earl Leslie Griggs, 'Collected Letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge'. Vol. 1785-1800. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1956.

A late-C18 Pest House built for the Grade II Henley Workhouse, now Townlands Hospital (q.v.), that has special interest for its age and type, as well as being where the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge spent a week in 1794, a miserable experience about which he wrote, and by which his later work was influenced.

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

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