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Hopkins Hospital, St Peter's Street, Stamford

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Reference Name MLI34025

Name:
Hopkins Hospital, St Peter's Street, Stamford

Summary:
Hopkins Hospital, St Peter's Street, Stamford

Location:
STAMFORD, SOUTH KESTEVEN, LINCOLNSHIRE

Description:
PRN 34025
A Gothic style building of 1770. It has a symmetrical six-bay front with Y-traceried windows and four-centred arched doorways. Two of the windows are blind to preserve the symmetry. There is a castellated parapet with openwork pinnacles and below, in the centre, the Arms of Stamford. {1}
This almshouse was founded by subscription in 1770 during the mayoralty of Mr John Hopkins. It was built with contributions from John Hopkins, the Corporation and a performance by Mr Whitely's company of comedians, and had been built by 1773. In 1856 the building housed 8 people who were given 2/8d per week each. It is built in the Gothic style with 2 blind windows to preserve the symmetry. There is a castellated parapet with open work pinnacles, and the Arms of Stamford. Above the coat of arms is a re-used and re-cut stone gargoyle. In 1962 the rooms were replanned and several doors were blocked. {2}{3}
John Hopkins, the Mayor of Stamford, founded the charity in 1770, hence why the hospital bears his name, although the building was purpose built in 1773. In 1869 extra accomodation was added. {4}
For the full description and the legal address of this listed building please refer to the appropriate List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. {5}
The grotesque gargoyle on the west front of the building is reputed to have come from Austin Friary nearby (PRN 30616). A medieval window and tracery are also said to have come from this site. {6}

Sources:
1 Bibliographic reference: Pevsner, N. and Harris, J., with Antram, N.. 1989. Buildings of England (Second Edition). Lincolnshire. p.698
2 Bibliographic reference: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1977. An Inventory of Historical Monuments. The Town of Stamford. No 51, p 44, plates 119, 160
3 Bibliographic reference: Crust, Linda. 2002. Lincolnshire Almshouses: Nine Centuries of Charitable Housing. p. 41
4 Bibliographic reference: Smith, M.. 1990. Stamford Almshouses. p.13
5 Index: Department of the Environment. 1974. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. 3/331
6 Bibliographic reference: ROGERS, A.. 1970. The Medieval Buildings of Stamford. No 58, p 44

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