SU9576 : Windsor: The former St John's Orphanage, Clewer

taken 11 years ago, near to Windsor, Windsor And Maidenhead, Great Britain

Windsor: The former St John's Orphanage, Clewer
Windsor: The former St John's Orphanage, Clewer
The photographer has to confess to being somewhat mystified by this Gothic extravaganza. It is obviously of some architectural interest and a search of the English Heritage Listed Buildings website gives the following description:

St Annes House Convent of St John The Baptist

1853, architect Henry Woodyer. Gothic. H plan. 2 storeys and attic, red brick. Steep pitch tiled roof. South front has casement windows. One bay window of 5 pointed lights ground floor. 3 narrow gablets above as dormers. 4 circular chimneys rising from 1st floor and made to look like medieval bartisans with circular shafts. 3 wider dormers between these."

In this a gablet is a small gable while a bartisan or bartizan is a small turret projecting from a wall, and we are looking at the south front.

Yet looking at old large scale Victorian Ordnance Survey maps the building is consistently described in each succeeding edition as St John's Orphanage. But would an architect be employed to build such a quirky structure for an orphanage?

It now appears to be called "Recognition House".
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SU9576, 68 images   (more nearby search)
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Date Taken
Sunday, 28 November, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 7 December, 2010
Category
Orphanage   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 952 763 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:28.6861N 0:37.7986W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 952 763
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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