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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
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1390531
English Heritage Legacy ID: 490453
Location: Henley-on-Thames, South Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire, RG9
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
HENLEY ON THAMES
696/0/10031 YORK ROAD
22-JUL-03 PEST HOUSE, TOWNLANDS HOSPITAL
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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