Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II

List Entry Number: 1043892

Date first listed: 29-Oct-1985



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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: East Sussex

District: Lewes (District Authority)

Parish: Lewes

National Park: SOUTH DOWNS

National Grid Reference: TQ 40310 10108


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TQ 4010 SW & SE & LEWES BRIGHTON ROAD TQ 4009 NW (north side) 7/510, 8/510 & 12/510 Lewes Prison


Prison. 185O-55 by D.R. Hill of Birmingham, extended in 1868, with slight alterations since. Flint with stone and red brick dressings. Stone coped parapets to boundary walls. Stone coped parapets to building of main front, corbelled out on double-curved machicolations. Entrance front: central entrance with flanking towers, this flanked by further L-shaped towers to make symmetrical composition. Deep moulded round-arched entrance in centre with boarded and ribbed doors flanked by towers with single round-headed windows on ground floor, paired round-headed windows on first floor and two shorter individual brick-dressed windows on second floor. Outer towers connected to inner towers by short walls with round-arched doorways and boarded doors. Outer towers with projecting outer wings. Two storeys; paired round- headed windows on both inner and outer wings with moulded round-arched doorways in re-entrant angle. All windows on left-hand tower and those on second floor of central left gate-tower with margin-glazing. Large embossed octagonal glazing on lower floors of gate-towers. Second floor of righthand gate- tower and right outer tower, sashes and plain casements. Two wings inside prison behind gate-block, that to right now the hospital block, both of two storeys. Between and behind, cross-plan three-storey block with central tower with off-sets to north and south, corbelled parapet and lantern over. Chapel in wing projecting forward. Lower wing to rear of two storeys and eight bays. Main wings of 22 bays. All windows of horseshoe-arch type. Towers on roofs related to plenum chambers of former heating system. Boundary wall of irregular length, approximately 18 feet high. Flint with some patching in red brick and length of red brick at south west corner.

Listing NGR: TQ4031010108


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Legacy System number: 292985

Legacy System: LBS

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