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Statutory Address:

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

Greater London Authority
Southwark (London Borough)
National Grid Reference:
TQ 31411 79148



TQ3179 LAMBETH ROAD 636-1/4/462 (South side) 27/09/72 Imperial War Museum


Bethlehem hospital for the insane, now museum. 1812-14, extended 1835, 1844-46. By James Lewis, surveyor to the Bridewell and Bethlehem Hospitals. Enlargements and alterations by Sydney Smirke and P Hardwick, 1835 and 1844-6; converted into museum c1936. Damaged and restored after World War II. MATERIALS: brick with stone details and hipped slate roof. PLAN: central block of 3 storeys and basement, 17 bays surmounted by octagonal dome on drum with copper roof which contained chapel and replaced original cupola in 1840s; dome rebuilt after fire in 1970s. Side wings of 1844-6 now demolished. EXTERIOR: front has projecting section of 11 bays surmounted by stone balustraded parapet; stone hexastyle Ionic portico to central 5 bays (also of 1840s) with pediment containing coat of arms and inscription on frieze: "Hen. VIII. Rege. Fvndatvm. Civivm. Largitas. Perfecit". Wider central entrance with panelled pilasters supporting entablature with cornice, smaller flanking entrances. Ground-floor windows with moulded stone architraves and aprons. 1st-floor windows similar but with entablature and cornice; 1st-floor sill band. 2nd-floor small windows with moulded stone architraves. Long, plain wings to returns with round-headed windows. INTERIOR: much altered. HISTORICAL NOTE: hospital founded in 1246 and associated with the insane from 1400. Moved from Moorfields to Southwark in 1812 and to Beckenham in 1926. The surrounding grounds are now the Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park.

Listing NGR: TQ3141179148


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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: 18 Feb 2001
Reference: IOE01/03251/04
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr David March. Source Historic England Archive
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