Record Details

NHER Number:7416
Type of record:Building
Name:St Michael's Hospital, formerly Aylsham Union Workhouse


This is a former workhouse that has been converted into a hospital. The workhouse was designed by Donthorne, and built in 1849, and is the only surviving urban workhouse by this Norfolk-born architect. The building has a tall centre block with octagonal turrets with cupolas. Behind this there is a central octagonal dome. There are low side wings and a Tudor- style chapel as well as more recent outbuildings and extensions.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 1841 2662
Map Sheet:TG12NE

Full description

March 1978. Visit.
Former workhouse by Donthorne, 1849. Tall centre block with octagonal turrets bearing cupolas; behind, octagonal dome. Low wings with Tudor style chapel. Excellent condition.
E. Rose (NAU), 21 March 1978.

Only surviving example of Donthorne's urban workhouses and of a workhouse built on the fringe of its town. See notes by J. Lodey (NLA) in file.
E. Rose (NLA), 27 November 2000.

2004. Evaluation Trenching.
Medieval field boundaries, trackways and pits were revealed and recorded.
See (S2).
D. Holburn (HES), 26 September 2011.

October 2004. NAU desk based assessment.
Air photographs of the site reveal former trackways and field boundaries around the area. The building was constructed in 1849 and later became a hospital which was enlarged in recent decades by wings and outbuildings.
See (S1).
M. Dennis (NLA), 29 September 2005.

January 2007. For plans as existing and as proposed, see file.
D. Gurney (NLA), 2 January 2007.

Monument Types

  • CHAPEL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • HOSPITAL (Post Medieval to Modern - 1849 AD to 2050 AD)
  • WORKHOUSE (Post Medieval - 1849 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TG1826 C-E,F,Q,R.
---Newspaper Article: 2001. Eastern Daily Press.
---Newspaper Article: 1997. Eastern Daily Press.
---Map: Purcell Miller Tritton. 2006. As existing and as proposed plans.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2011. The legacy of Aylsham's "workhouse architect". 18 November.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Unpublished document: Penn, K.. 2004. NAU Report No. 986. Rev1. An Archaeological Desk Based Survey of St Michael's Hospital, Aylsham, Norfolk..
<S2>Article in serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. 2005. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk in 2004. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIV Pt IV pp 751-763. p 751.

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