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HER Number:MDV43557
Name:Wonford House Hospital


Former private lunatic asylum. 1865-9 by W F Cross; theatre and recreation hall added 1912.


Grid Reference:SX 937 917
Map Sheet:SX99SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishExeter
Ecclesiastical ParishHEAVITREE
Ecclesiastical ParishST.LEONARDS

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX99SW/224
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 471805

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL (XIX to XX - 1801 AD to 2000 AD (Between))

Full description

1933, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV23864.

"wonford house" shown on os 6" (1933) map (os).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV23867.

Des=os 6"(1933)80se.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV23868.

Porter, j. H. /dcnq/35(1982)58-63/strikes and intimidation in the building trades of late victorian exeter.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV23869.

Dcms/schedule/871/15/10028/in pf.

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'Wonford House (Lunatic Asylum)' shown.

Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N., 1989, The Buildings of England: Devon, 408 (Monograph). SDV325629.

Wonford hospital. Built as Wonford House for the insane 1865-9. Neo-Jacobean. Long range of grey rubble with limestone dressings, projecting gables and corner turrets. Central entrance with triple porch, bay window and shaped gables.

Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 2001, 1781/0/10004 (Correspondence). SDV237542.

Listed grade ii (dcms).

Ordnance Survey, 2015, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV357601.

Historic England, 2015, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV358087.

Former private lunatic asylum. 1865-9 by W F Cross; theatre and recreation hall added 1912. Uncoursed stone with ashlar dressings. Slated roofs with stone coped gables and chimney stacks. Towers at front angles with conical roofs having dormers and surmounted by patterned cast iron balustrades. Jacobean style. Central administration block flanked by wards forming an open courtyard to the rear in which the former detached chapel now attached by the recreation hall and theatre. Mostly 3 stories. Central entrance approached by sweeping stone steps with open strapwork balustrades. Porch with round-arched central opening flanked by similar smaller windows and separated by pilasters supporting an entablature crowned by a strapwork balustrade; the dies have balls with obelisks. 1st floor canted bay window crowned by a similar ballustrade; above, a clock set in a coped Flemish pediment flanked by chimneys. Windows of stone transom and mullions throughout. Front range with alte1Dating gabled bays. Recreation hall and theatre are at 1st floor level in relation to main building; grow1d floor open with storerooms. Interior: retains original features. Recreation hall with low vaulted ceiling. Theatre with large sash windows; proscenium arch has twinned pilasters carrying small pediments and a low arch with a large keystone. Ceiling similar to hall but with a decorative cornice. Chapel in Early English style with 4-bay nave, transepts and apsidal chancel. This is at 1st floor level in relation to main building; open arched ground floor under the apse and W nave bay, rest of ground floor is enclosed storerooms. Lancet windows paired by trefoils in roundels and separated by buttresses. West end is a large rose comprising 4 large and 5 small oculi. Interior: Trusses to windbraced roof are supported on stiff-leaf brackets. The brackets of the choir arch have angels under short columns with stiff-leaf capitals. Choir and apse with timber ribbed vault.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV237542Correspondence: Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 2001. 1781/0/10004. A4 Stapled.
SDV23864Migrated Record: 1933.
SDV23867Migrated Record:
SDV23868Migrated Record:
SDV23869Migrated Record:
SDV325629Monograph: Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N.. 1989. The Buildings of England: Devon. The Buildings of England: Devon. Hardback Volume. 408.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV357601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #91748 ]
SDV358087National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2015. National Heritage List for England. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV112267Related to: Wonford Hospital Grounds (Park/Garden)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 14 2015 3:56PM