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The Priory

Item details

Name of item: The Priory
Type of item: Built
Primary address: Victoria Road, Gladesville, NSW 2111
Parish: HUNTERS HILL
County: CUMBERLAND
Local govt. area: Hunters Hill
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
     
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Victoria RoadGladesvilleHunters HillHUNTERS HILLCUMBERLANDPrimary Address

Owner/s

Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
NSW Department of HealthState Government20 Jul 05

Statement of significance:

The Priory is both state and local cultural signficance:
* As a building of notable aesthetic integrity and quality, both as a good representative of Victorian Palladian buildings in general,and the work of William Weaver in particular, and as a more hybrid structure successfully and sympathetically incorporating the later "Picturesque Gothic" elements added by Salter.
*As a notable and attractive landscape feature in views both from within the former hospital grounds and more generally from vantage points on the north side of Tarban Creek.
* Through its associations, for period of over 100 years, with the original Gladesville Asylum, later Gladesville Psychiatric Hospital, a major psychiatric institution in the State.
* Through its historical associations with, and the evidence it provides of, the early settlement of Hunter's Hill, reflected most directly in its location on one of the early landgrants of the municipality.
* As an early and relatively intact example of work of the important early Victorian Architect William Weaver.
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Description

Designer/Maker: Weaver and Kemp
Builder/Maker: Thomas Stubbs
Construction years: 1840-
Physical description: An elegant five bay two store house sited looking towards the Tarban Creek. The house has 2 different facades; the east is designed in typical Regency, the west has a gable and sundial. Sandstone additions have been made in a sympathetic manner with single storey rooms designed in a Neo Palladian manner.
Date condition updated:01 May 92
Modifications and dates: 1857, 1875, 1967
Further information: Landscape Consultant required.
Former use: Residence

History

Historical notes: Built in the late 1840s, possibly by the Stibbs family; sold to marist Fathers in 1850s, then sold in 1874 to Thomas Salter. Property then resumed by the Crown as an addition to the Hospital Precinct.
Refer to Conservation Plan for a more detailed history.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Health-Activities associated with preparing and providing medical assistance and/or promoting or maintaining the well being of humans (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Through its historical associations with, and the evidence it provides of, the early settlement of Hunter's Hill, reflected most directly in its location on one of the early landgrants of the municipality.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
As a building of notable aesthetic integrity and quality, both as a good representative of Victorian Palladian buildings in general,and the work of William Weaver in particular, and as a more hybrid structure successfully and sympathetically incorporating the later "Picturesque Gothic" elements added by Salter.
As a notable and attractive landscape feature in views both from within the former hospital grounds and more generally from vantage points on the north side of Tarban Creek.

SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
Through its associations, for period of over 100 years, with the original Gladesville Asylum, later Gladesville Psychiatric Hospital, a major psychiatric institution in the State.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
As an early and relatively intact example of work of the important early Victorian Architect William Weaver.
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:

Refer Conservation Plan

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage registerDep. Of Health s.170 Register    

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenJYOTI Somerville, Schwager Brooks & Partners P/L Study

Note: internet links may be to web pages, documents or images.

Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: State Government
Database number: 3540367


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