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IoE Number: 485226
Photographer: Mr Graham Slocombe ABIPP
Date Photographed: 11 July 2004
Date listed: 14 December 1972
Date of last amendment: 14 December 1972
Grade II

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TIVERTON SS9513 BELMONT ROAD, Tiverton 848-1/5/137 Belmont Hospital 14/12/72 GV II Workhouse, now in use as hospital with clinics. Rebuilt 1837-1838 to the designs of Scott and Moffat, considerable later alterations including some demolition. MATERIALS: local purple stone, some snecked, some rubble with red sandstone lintels to the windows; slate roofs; stacks with glazed cream brick shafts. PLAN: the main block, on a west east axis, incorporates a central tower and has rear left and right wings comprising a house (north-east wing) and a single storey service wing (north west). A rear centre single-storey wing was the kitchen. On the south side, one of the single storey entrance pavilions survives, parallel to the main range and linked to it by a single storey front wing. The single storey front wing to the east survives but the pavilion has been demolished, as have the entrance gates. Rear of the main block is a separate range, said to have been the casual wing for temporary workhouse users. The courtyard between the casual wing and main range includes a detached laundry and a later boiler house (excluded from the listing). A pedestrian gateway and small lodge at the entrance from Water Lane are separately listed. EXTERIOR: 1) The Main Range. 3 storeys incorporating a 4-storey central octagonal tower. The range terminates in wider blocks at either end with small wings to the west and E. 1:5:5:5:1-window south front, the 5 central windows are to the tower which has pedimented gables but has lost its octagonal lantern since the list description of 1972. The windows are mostly 3-light metal casements but the rear of the tower retains a sash window. Modest 4-panel door into tower with remains of timber pedimented pentice over - the 1972 list description refers to an entrance porch with a round-headed window and pediment - presumably the pedimented pentice is all that remains. To the rear, the single storey kitchen has a series of vents and a louvred lantern along the ridge. The rear right (north west) wing incorporates what may have been the overseer's house, which faces west into the courtyard and has a roof hipped at the north end. This has a symmetrical 3-bay front with a flush-panel front door with small-pane overlight and 12-pane timber sashes. 2) The Entrance Block. Only one half of this survives, the west half. This consists of a smart single storey T-plan lodge in snecked stone with red Breccia flat arches to the openings, a stone eaves band and 12-pane timber sash windows, with a doorway on the east end. 1:2:2-window south front with projecting front wing in the centre with 1-window returns. The old list description refers to 2 entrance pavilions and a central arch with wrought-iron gates - gates and arch have also been demolished. 3) The Casual Wing. This has been altered but is included for group value. It is a long range on a N/S axis terminating in square blocks with a square block in the centre and separately roofed stair projections with platbands off the square blocks to the rear. The rear centre block has been rebuilt in brick. There are entrances on the returns of the blocks on the south side, which has a 2:4:2:4:2-window front and a stone eaves band. The north side has various single-storey lean-tos added. Attractive cast-iron fire escape on west end. 4) The Laundry. This is a minor building but is included for group value. It is in the courtyard between the casual wing and the main range and is a single-storey building with vents on the ridge. The south elevation has a gable to the west and 4 plank doors and 4 windows. INTERIOR: of main and casual block not inspected. The interior of the laundry has king post and strut. HISTORY: the workhouse was built on an earlier hospital site and cost »8,800 (Harding). Pevsner described the building as "badly-treated but the dignified classical composition still recognisable". (Harding, Lt Col FGS,: The History of Tiverton: 1847-: P.110).

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