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Carrington Hospital (Grassmere Cottage, Gardener's Cottage and Masonic Cottage)

Item details

Name of item: Carrington Hospital (Grassmere Cottage, Gardener's Cottage and Masonic Cottage)
Type of item: Complex / Group
Group/Collection: Health Services
Category: Nursing Home
Location: Lat: -34 03 27 Long: 150 40 17
Primary address: 90 Werombi Road, Grasmere, NSW 2570
Parish: CAMDEN
Local govt. area: Camden
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT10 DP845472
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
90 Werombi RoadGrasmereCamdenCAMDENCUMBERLANDPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Carrington Hospital is an early convalescent hospital opened in 1890 (the first major hospital of its type in the colony) and still in use today as a nursing home. It is representative of a late Victorian institutional building and is also representative of hospital building techniques (including setting) of the time.
Date significance updated: 16 Oct 02
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Designer/Maker: H.C. Kent
Builder/Maker: P. Graham
Physical description: Carrington Hospital:
Main building of late Victorian eclectic style is brick on concrete foundations with cement dressings in the super structure and tower. Lord Carrington's Coat of Arms is on the front of the four storey entrance tower which is 80ft high and centrally placed in the two storey symmetrical front. The north side has a single storey octagonal domed roof attached and there is a rear single storey service wing. Corrugated iron water tanks are on the western roof.

Grasmere Cottage:
Brick cottage with two wings, corrugated iron hipped roof, brick chimneys, verandah and fibro extension to eastern facade.

Former Gardener's Cottage:
Brick cottage with new corrugated iron gable roof, brick chimney, double hung windows and french doors.

Masonic Cottage (now Community Care Cottage):
Brick cottage with slate roof and carved timber bargeboards, brick chimneys, carved timber verandah posts and double hung windows. Original portico on western facade dated 1889.

Former Morgue:
Brick rotunda style building with thatched roof and sandstone plinths.

Front Garden:
Landscaped front garden contains a number of mature trees including hoop pines and a circular drive.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
The buildings and front landscaped garden are all in good condition.
Date condition updated:27 Jun 02
Further information: The Carrington group also includes the following: Grasmere Cottage, Former Gardener's Cottage, Masonic Cottage Hospital, Former Morgue and Front Garden.
Current use: Nursing Home
Former use: Convalescent Hospital


Historical notes: The hospital was opened in 1890 as the first major convalescent hospital in the colony. W.H. Paling of the music firm, gave both the land, known as Grasmere, and ten thousand pounds towards the cost of the building. An equal sum was contributed by the public and New South Wales Government. The architect of the hospital was H.C. Kent and P. Graham the contractor. Its building contributed to the spread of improved techniques in hospital ventilation. The work of the hospital was connected with that of the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Assessment of significance

Integrity/Intactness: The hospital retains good integrity and intactness.
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.

Recommended management:

Conserve and maintain significant fabric and landscape.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanCamden LEP 2010I11803 Sep 12   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Macarthur Region Heritage Study1986 JRC Planning Services  Yes

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 1280027

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