Help save Wins­ford Cot­tage Hospi­tal

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The Land­mark Trust has launched an ap­peal to pre­serve Grade Ii*-listed Wins­ford Cot­tage hospi­tal in Devon, which has been on his­toric eng­land’s her­itage at Risk reg­is­ter since 2009.

De­signed in 1899 by Arts-and-crafts ar­chi­tect Charles F. A. Voy­sey, the hospi­tal is as im­por­tant for its pi­o­neer­ing role in health­care as for its ar­chi­tec­ture—it helped im­prove the lives of thou­sands of lo­cal peo­ple by giv­ing them ac­cess to treat­ment.

Wins­ford was Voy­sey’s only cot­tage hospi­tal and has re­tained many beau­ti­fully crafted fit­tings, in­clud­ing a golden mo­saic floor, el­e­gant fire­places and graceful met­al­work. Af­ter the hospi­tal closed in 1998, a lo­cal trust tried to keep the build­ing go­ing for the com­mu­nity, but the ef­fort soon proved too much. The Land­mark Trust has now stepped in with a plan to se­cure its fu­ture, but this re­quires sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment.

The char­ity, which has al­ready re­ceived some money from the her­itage Lot­tery Fund, needs to raise a fur­ther £355,000 within the next 12 months, so it’s now seek­ing do­na­tions ‘no mat­ter how small’. ‘Wins­ford hospi­tal is a rare build­ing that is both ar­chi­tec­turally ex­cep­tional and gen­uinely trans­formed the lives of or­di­nary peo­ple,’ says Land­mark Trust di­rec­tor Dr Anna Keay. ‘We want to save it from des­ti­tu­tion and to give it a new fu­ture as a Land­mark Trust prop­erty. But we can’t do it alone and are ap­peal­ing to all who care about such places to join us and sup­port our ap­peal.’

If the fundrais­ing cam­paign is suc­cess­ful, ren­o­va­tion work could start in sum­mer 2018. For more in­for­ma­tion or to make a do­na­tion, visit www.land­mark­trust.org.uk

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