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Statutory Address:

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

Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
National Grid Reference:
ST 89342 60292


The following building shall be added-

SEMINGTON ST GEORGE'S ROAD ST 86 SE (south side) 4/206 St George's Hospital II

Work house, now hospital for the mentally, handicapped. 1836-38 for Melksham Union, by H.E. Kendall. Limestone ashlar front, dressed limestone to rear ranges, Welsh slate roofs with brick stacks. Classical front range with four rear ranges arranged in a cross. Three-storey, 9-window front. Central three bays break forward with pediment, central 6-panelled door with pediment on corbels, aluminium windows replacing sashes with keystone and plain architrave either side and three windows to side bays. First floor has nine windows with keystones, second floor has nine with corbelled sills and no keys, corbelled eaves and pediment. Single- storey flanking wings with aluminium windows. Rear of main range has aluminium windows. Three-storey wing attached to centre rear of main range and running back to octagonal 3-storey block at axis of cross; 3-storey, 9-bay ranges run parallel to front range and a 2-storey 9-bay range continues to rear, shorter 2-storey or single- storey wings attached to ends of main ranges. All rear ranges have sashes or fixed windows with glazing bars, cast iron rainwater goods. Interior altered, but retains some original joinery, staircases. Built as a workhouse under the 1835 Poor Law Act for the Melksham Workhouse Union; original layout unaltered - front range contained boys' and girls' schoolrooms, board room in centre part, rear wings and yards for accommodation of men and women in separate blocks, kitchen and dining areas in central wing to rear. Single-storey buildings contained workshops stables and low building on east side contained cells for vagrants. (N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England, Wiltshire, 1975; plans in WRO)

Listing NGR: ST8934260292


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Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Wiltshire, (1975)


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: 20 Aug 2000
Reference: IOE01/01424/14
Rights: Copyright IoE Gill Cardy. Source Historic England Archive
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