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Bristol Royal Infirmary

Following careful examination and consideration, we have advised the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) that the Former Bristol Royal Infirmary does not meet the high criteria for listing.

Bristol Royal Infirmary
Bristol Royal Infirmary © Historic England

When an infirmary was founded on this site in 1736 it was among the earliest in the country, but the Old Building itself is later in date, having been rebuilt in stages between around 1780 and 1810, when it replaced the earlier hospital buildings on the site. Over the years the Old Building has been heavily altered and extended, which has changed much of its original form and design and eroded its special interest.

Last year DCMS agreed with our advice that the Victorian chapel attached to the rear of the Former Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI) should be listed at Grade II but this does not change the status of the Old Building, which has been assessed on its own merits. Bristol Royal Infirmary was assessed for listing in March 2010, June 2015 and in 2017, when we recommended that the building had been too heavily altered.

We acknowledge the strong public feeling for the building and whilst we recognise it has clear local interest, we have concluded that it does not merit listing in a national context. We have therefore advised that a Certificate of Immunity should be issued.

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