On Saturday 8th September 2012 we shall be joining forces with English Heritage to once again open our doors for the Heritage Open Day event. This event will run nationally from the 6th – 9th September.
The Winsford Trust will be open for a walking tour on Saturday 8th September between the hours of 10.00am – 4.00pm. Tea and Coffee will be available all day and I am sure you will even find a biscuit or two lurking in the kitchen! We will have volunteers and Trustees on hand to guide you around our unique building and tell you about its history.
Heritage Open Days celebrate England’s superb architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. The buildings that take part can be anything from grand castles to factories, tithe barns to lighthouses. With over 4,000 architectural and cultural sites being open, you will be spoilt for choice.
Heritage Open Days was established in 1994 as England’s contribution to European Heritage Days, in which 49 countries now participate. In the UK, four other schemes open up places in September: Open House London, Doors Open Days in Scotland, Open Doors Days in Wales and European Heritage Days in Northern Ireland.
Dr Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage, says: “Heritage Open Days are about people and places; they celebrates community and reflect the importance of the built environment in our lives and how they affect our quality of life. They are organised by local people who dedicate their spare time to opening properties and staging activities, and it is their knowledge and enthusiasm that makes Heritage Open Days happen”.
The Only CFA Voysey Designed Building In Devon
The former Winsford Cottage Hospital is situated in Halwill Junction, Devon. The village is the product of a significant railway junction between the now closed Bude Branch and the North Cornwall Line.
One would not expect to stumble upon this unique building in a location such as this. The Grade II* listed former Winsford Cottage Hospital, designed by architect Charles Francis Annesley Voysey, was a gift to the community by its benefactress Maria Louisa Webb Medley. Molly, as she was known to her friends and family, gifted the Cottage Hospital to the community on the death of her husband George Webb Medley.
The Webb Medley family had Winsford Tower built as their country retreat around 1884. The family had their main residence in Park Road, off Park Lane, in London but always preferred to entertain guests in Devon. Winsford Tower was an impressive mansion house with large gardens, a boating lake and cottages in the grounds for staff. After Maria died the house fell into disrepair and was finally demolished in the 1950s.
For further information on our Heritage Open Day please contact us.