To the honour and glory of the EVER BLESSED
And in loving memory of RICHARD LEY, PRIEST, who fell asleep Dec 11 1886. Aged
This hospital is erected and dedicated to SAINT BARNABAS.
There is a tiny chapel, so distinctively by Fellowes Prynne, and yet so
small. It is perhaps best compared with his favoured style of Lady chapel,
apsidal in form and colourful. It is more intimate even than most of his Lady
chapels, having a lower roof, but still with the red brick walls seen in many of
the larger buildings. The colour, warmth and intimacy make it ideal for its
purpose as a hospital chapel.
The hospital itself, to which the chapel is attached, is in a domestic style,
making the whole building look more like a country house than a hospital when
viewed from the road. It has managed to avoid the austere appearance of an
institution, and, though hardly resembling a cottage, certainly has the feeling
of a building people would not be afraid to enter.