Windermere House, Lancaster

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Windermere House
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Windermere House
Location Middle Street, Lancaster, Lancashire, England
Coordinates 54°02′50″N 2°48′09″W / 54.0471°N 2.8026°W / 54.0471; -2.8026Coordinates: 54°02′50″N 2°48′09″W / 54.0471°N 2.8026°W / 54.0471; -2.8026
OS grid reference SD 476 615
Built 1849–50
Architect Sharpe and Paley
Architectural style(s) Elizabethan Revival
Listed Building – Grade II
Designated 11 June 1990
Reference no. 1298364
Windermere House, Lancaster is located in Lancaster city centre
Windermere House, Lancaster
Location in Lancaster

Windermere House is in Middle Street, Lancaster, Lancashire, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[1] It originated as a school, and has since been converted into flats.


This was originally the site of a Bluecoat school built in 1772. In 1849–50 it was rebuilt and enlarged by the local architects Sharpe and Paley.[1][2] It then became known as the Lancaster Charity School for Girls. It was paid for mainly by public subscription, but the Sharpe family contributed £25 (equivalent to £2,000 in 2015)[3] towards it. The school has since been converted into flats and is known as Windermere House.[2]


The building is constructed in sandstone with slate roofs. The architectural style is Elizabethan Revival. The plan is rectangular, with a small service wing to the rear. The building is in two storeys, with a front of five slightly irregular bays. Each of the bays contains a gabled dormer. The entrance doorway is in the second bay from the left. Above it is a niche containing the figures of two girls holding an inscription.[1] The windows are mullioned or mullioned and transomed, those in the upper storey having stepped heads.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c Historic England, "Windermere House, Lancaster (1298364)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 12 April 2015 
  2. ^ a b Hughes 2010, p. 237.
  3. ^ UK Consumer Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Gregory Clark (2016), "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)",
  4. ^ Hartwell, Clare; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2009) [1969], Lancashire: North, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 386, ISBN 978-0-300-12667-9 

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