Carlisle – Garlands Hospital Old Chapel
The chapel was built as part of the Cumberland and Westmorland Joint Lunatic Asylum (Garlands Hospital), which was opened in 18th Jan 1862. The hospital and the chapel were designed by Thomas Worthington [1826-1909].
He was one of the contendors for the design of Manchester Town Hall, and was architect and designer of Manchester’s Albert Memorial which dominates the square in front of the Town Hall.
Worthington was associated with social reformers such as Mrs Elizabeth Gaskell, the novelist, and whenever possible he sought to secure “social” commissions, such as hospitals and workhouses. His pioneering hospital design won the praise of no less a figure than Florence Nightingale.
The hospital and chapel have been converted into accommodation, with the conversion of the former chapel into apartments being the culmination of this vast project. The architect for the Garlands Hospital, Thomas Worthington, has been honoured in the chapel’s new address, ‘Worthington Place’. This beautiful building is Grade ll listed and combines the best of traditional design with modern living.
Aerial photo by Simon Ledingham.
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