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List Entry Summary

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


List entry Number: 1194930



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

County: Lancashire

District: Lancaster

District Type: District Authority


National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 30-Nov-1970

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 383042

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SD46SE ASHTON ROAD 1685-1/1/10 Royal Albert Hospital (original part 30/11/70 only)


Mental hospital. 1868-1873. Designed by Paley and Austin. Dressed sandstone with ashlar dressings and with red St Bees sandstone in bands at impost level on the ground and first floors and as eaves corbels. Hipped roofs of green Coniston slate. Gothic Revival style Symmetrical plan with 2 storeys above a basement, and attics with gabled dormer windows. 6-bay central block flanked by 11-bay wings which have, in their centre, a 3-bay canted projection and, at the end, a wider and taller 3-bay pavilion with a separate roof. Most ground-floor windows have paired lancets under a 2-centred arched hoodmould, and most first-floor windows have paired lights under flat lintels. Those in the projections and pavilions are more ornate, mostly with triple lancets under an oculus. All dormer windows have cross casements and hipped roofs with finials. The central block has a single-storey triple-arched porch with columns of red sandstone set between wide projecting bays. These have 2 paired windows on the ground floor, between which is a buttress which supports a canted oriel on the first floor. Above and behind the porch is a wide 3-storey tower with 4 corner turrets and a tall steeply-pitched roof with 3 tiers of gabled dormers. The centre of the middle storey of the tower has a clock flanked by statues of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, sculpted in Longridge stone by Mr Bridgeman of Lichfield and unveiled in 1888, all under an arcade of trefoiled arches under gablets. The long rear wings to left and right have 8-bay centres between projecting 3-bay pavilions with separate roofs. INTERIOR: in the centre block is an imperial staircase with an ornate wrought-iron balustrade which rises behind a triple arch with elaborate waterleaf capitals; further to the rear is the 5-bay De Vitre Hall with 2-light transomed windows under an oculus and a roof of 6 arch-braced trusses which have a king post with an arch on either side above the collar. HISTORY: established as the 'Royal Albert Idiot Asylum for idiots and imbeciles of the seven northern counties.' It accepted both paying patients and those admitted by the vote of subscribers. (Cross Fleury: Time-Honoured Lancaster: Lancaster: 1891-: 382-395).

Listing NGR: SD4766060082

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Cross, F, Time Honoured Lancaster, (1891), 382-395

National Grid Reference: SD 47660 60082


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