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SU60SE LOCKSWAY ROAD, Milton 774-1/4/285 St James' Hospital and attached 09/12/98 piers and lamp posts
Hospital. c1878. By George Rake. Red brick in English bond, stone dressings. MATERIALS: steep pitched Welsh slate roofs, brick stack with oversailing brick capping to left and right of main entrance block, to centre and right of left block, to centre and left of right block and to left, centre and right of each projecting south facing block. STYLE: Byzantine Gothic. PLAN: symmetrical box plan with projecting wings. EXTERIOR: main entrance block 3 storeys, 5 bays; each flanking block 2 storeys, 6 bays; far left and right towers each 4 storeys, 1 bay, and each of the two south facing projecting blocks 2 storeys, 7 bays (1 wide/1/1/1 wide/1/1/1 wide/). Quoins have rusticated rock face stonework. Central main entrance block has at centre a 1-storey open arcade with three 4-centred gauged brick arches, square gauged brick piers with vertical flutes set on rock-faced stone bases. Banded dripstone, gauged brick parapet with quatrefoil pierced stone inset panels, stone coping raised at centre with inset date stone inscribed 1878 and with Portsmouth City coat of arms, segmental pointed dripstone with dropped labels. 6 terrazzo steps approach the central arcade opening with low flanking staircase walls, 2 front piers, each supporting a short ornate iron lamp post. To rear recessed wall at centre of arcade is a revolving glazed door with side screens, fanlight set under segmental pointed stone arch, stone jamb with roll mouldings.
To left and right is a 2-light wide stone transomed and mullioned casement. Each projecting end bay has a canted stone transomed and mullioned bay window with 3-light wide front and 1-light wide to each side, each light with casement, banded dripstone, brick parapet with stone insets similar to entrance arcade parapet, rock-faced stone plinth below sill. First floor has 5 stone transomed and mullioned windows with eaved and shouldered architraves and flat arch, centre 3-lights wide and flanking 2-lights wide with casements, 4-light wide to each end bay with sashes. Second floor stone sillband with 5 similar windows, centre 2-light wide, flanking 1-light wide and 3-light wide to each end bay. Over each first and second floor window is a gauged brick relieving arch, segmental pointed to first floor and pointed to second floor,
each tympanum filled in with foliated terracotta in panels. Each of the 3 centre second floor windows set under stone coped brick gable with stone kneelers. Each end bay has a stone coped facing gable with stone kneelers, horizontal stone band halfway up gable and apex of roof over band is recessed.
At centre of block is a lead covered clock turret with spirelet. Left and right returns 3 bays wide have similar stone transomed and mullioned windows with brick relieving arch over each first floor window. To left and right of central block is a recessed 1-storey link with two similar 1-light wide stone transomed and mullioned windows each with timber casement, dripstone band, brick parapet with moulded stone coping. Rock-faced stone plinth. To right of right link and left of left link is a 2-storey wing. Right wing has on right a wide canted bay running through first floor with stone transomed and mullioned windows, 3-light wide to front and 1-light to each side, each light with casement, banded dripstone. First floor has stone banded sill and similar window 2-lights wide, gauged brick pointed relieving arch with terracotta panels to tympanum, facing stone coped brick gable with stone kneelers, hipped roof. To left of bay and on first floor is a 1-light wide, then 2-light wide and on far left 3-light wide similar stone transomed and mullioned windows with casements. First floor centre window is full height and runs down to dripstone band.
Left wing is similar but reversed with the canted bay to the left. To left and right of each wing is a recessed 1-storey link with 3 open 4-centred gauged brick arches with square gauged brick piers each set on a rock-faced stone plinth. Recessed behind each arcade is at centre a late C20 2-leaf door with overlight set under a flat rendered arch and to left and right a 2-light wide stone transomed and mullioned window with casements all as before. Banded dripstone and stone coped brick parapet. On far left and right to each corner is a 4-storey projecting square tower. At centre of each tower and to inward return faces is a 1-light wide stone transomed and mullioned window as before described, banded dripstone. First floor has a similar 2-light window with gauged brick pointed relieving arch and panelled terracotta tympanum. Second floor has stone sillband with similar 2-light window, banded dripstone. Third floor has moulded stone sillband, similar 3-light window, banded dripstone, brick and stone coped crenellated parapet.
From outward corner of each tower runs a 2-storey long south projecting wing. Main south facade to each wing has projecting end bays each with facing gable. At centre is a C20 conservatory. On left of right wing and right of left wing is a canted stone transomed and mullioned bay window 4-lights
wide at front and 1-light to each side, each light with sash, banded dripstone and brick and stone parapet. Rock-faced stone plinth. To outward end bay of each wing is a 5-light wide stone transomed and mullioned window with sashes. First floor moulded stone band and each wing has at each end and centre a 5-light wide stone transomed and mullioned window with sashes, and each end bay has a brick relieving arch with terracotta panels to tympanum. Centre window has facing gable. To left and right of centre window are 2 similar 1-light wide stone transomed and mullioned windows each with sash set under eaves. INTERIOR: original features generally intact. The aisled entertainment/recreation room/theatre now encased in hardboard, but it is understood that all original features such as terracotta medallions by Blashfield survive under this covering in walls of alternating red brick and chalk bands. HISTORY: c1875 Portsmouth Town Council adopted the powers of the Lunatic Asylums Act of 1853, and after a period of sending local paupers to the Hants. County Asylum at Knowle and Fisherton, they resolved to build an asylum on 75 acres of land between Eastney lake and Velder Creek. (Hampshire Telegraph and Sussex Chronicle: Winchester: 1879-).
Listing NGR: SU6610802158
© Mr Mark Bardell. Source: Historic England Archive
This photograph was taken for the Images of England project
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Photographer: Bardell2, Mark
Rights Holder: Bardell2, Mark
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