Shrewsbury School Main Building

25 Jul 2002
Shrewsbury School Main Building, Ashton Road, Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury And Atcham, Shropshire, SY3 7AN
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


SJ4812SE ASHTON ROAD 653-1/14/83 (North side (off)) 19/09/72 Shrewsbury School Main Building


School building, originally Coram's Foundling Hospital. 1765 by Thomas Farnolls Pritchard, adapted 1878-1882 by Sir Arthur Blomfield for use for Shrewsbury School. Brick with Welsh slate roof. EXTERIOR: 3 storeys with attic, 13-window range, 2-3-3-3-2 with advanced outer and central sections. Symmetrical about both axes. Central entrance block of 3 bays with central pediment over doorway, and rusticated brick quoins. Paired pilasters each side of round-arched doorway, balconette with balustraded parapet to central light of tripartite window over door which has enriched segmentally-pedimented entablature. Steep pediment with oculus flanked by balustraded parapet. Windows in flanking ranges are 20-pane sashes in moulded architraves with pedimented heads to first-floor windows in central and outer bays, and in centre of flanking ranges. Advanced outer bays have hipped roofs, the parapet continuing across the elevation. and dormer windows in roof, with alternately segmental and triangular pediments. Copper cupola with clock in centre of hipped roof, which is surmounted by balustrading. End wall stacks. Central staircase with cantilevered stone stairs and cast-iron balustrade. Subsidiary stairs in outer bays. INTERIOR: divided as a series of small, plain rooms, possibly reflecting its origins as hospital. HISTORICAL NOTE: the building was in use as a foundling hospital only until c1772, and had a variety of subsequent uses including woollen factory and asylum, until it was acquired by the school in 1882. (The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Shropshire: Harmondsworth: 1858-).

Listing NGR: SJ4859512074


This is part of the Series: IOE01/2002 IOE Records taken by Derek Taylor; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr Derek Taylor. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

People & Organisations

Photographer: Taylor, Derek

Rights Holder: Taylor, Derek


Brick, Welsh Slate, Georgian Orphanage, Health And Welfare, Childrens Home, Domestic, Residential Building, Hospital, Religious Ritual And Funerary, Factory, Monument (By Form), Industrial, Industrial Building, Psychiatric Hospital, School, Education, Wool Warehouse, Commercial, Warehouse, Building, Unassigned