Main block and flanking wings at Royal Berkshire Hospital


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Main block and flanking wings at Royal Berkshire Hospital, London Road, Reading


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Statutory Address:
Main block and flanking wings at Royal Berkshire Hospital, London Road, Reading

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

Reading (Unitary Authority)
Non Civil Parish
National Grid Reference:
SU 72412 72955


SU 7272 9/161

READING LONDON ROAD (south side) Main block and flanking wings at Royal Berkshire Hospital



Main block 1839 by local architect and builder Henry Briant (who won the competition for designing the hospital). As King William IV took such a keen interest in the hospital before it was built, his Arms, not Queen Victoria's appear on the central pediment. Two storeys and basement. Bath stone - very large ashlar blocks used to front. Slate roofs. eleven bays with seven bay central break projecting pedimented hexastyle Ionic portico. Glazing bar sash windows. Corner piers. Channelled basement. Astragal to moulded cornice (dentil cornice to portico) and parapet. Recessed side entrance bays. Wide steps to portico with excellent contemporary lamp tripods with guilloche ornament.

Interior: colonaded stair hall, cast iron balusters to stairs which divide at landing. 1882 chapel with contemporary fittings reached from under landing. (By Joseph Morris who made considerable extensions to the Hospital at that date). The main block has flanking wings added 1865 to designs by Joseph Morris. Three storeys also Bath stone and long side wings forming a large courtyard added 1881-2. The latter are also of Bath stone, have 5x5 end pavilions with three bay pedimented breaks and are linked to side wings by a Greek Doric colonade (east side) and a 1911 block (west side). In front to street is a dwarf-stone tall with moulded coping and five retraining ashlar gate piers with block modillions to moulded capping.

Listing NGR: SU7241272955


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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 09 Jun 2006
Reference: IOE01/15330/24
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Richard Swynford-Lain. Source Historic England Archive
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