We are delighted to announce that £1.5million has been raised to secure the future of Grade II* listed Winsford Cottage Hospital in Devon. £876,000 has been donated by over a thousand of our very generous supporters and grant-giving trusts. We're also thrilled to announce £487,000 of National Lottery funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund on top of its earlier development grant of £96,000, as well as £23,000 from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.
Designed in 1899, Winsford Cottage Hospital is a unique example of an unaltered cottage hospital and the only such hospital designed by pioneering Arts and Crafts architect Charles F.A. Voysey. Work will start on site in the next few weeks - we will conserve everything possible and return the whole building to its pre-1914 state with minimal adaptation or intervention.
The project will unlock a wider programme of transformation through craft skills training, including at least two craft apprentices studying for an NVQ Level 3 in Heritage Skills plus City and Guilds and Furniture Making and Design students at Bridgewater College. There will also be volunteering opportunities and community activities, with the former accident ward available for hire by community groups, local businesses or home-workers. Referencing the building’s original purpose, there will be a dedicated treatment room for a local healthcare professional and NHS prescriptions will be collected from the hospital.
Thank you to everyone who donated to help save this remarkable building. For more information about our plans for Winsford Hospital, click here.
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