Thursday, 15 August 2013

Good news from Northampton as attempt to delist 1836 St Edmund's Hospital fails

From the Northampton Chronicle and Echo, 8 August 2013

The Government has refused to delist Northampton’s historic St Edmund’s Hospital building. Earlier this year, an unknown organisation applied to English Heritage to remove the historic building’s listed status - leading to fears it could one day be demolished.

But now, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has said the listed status should not be removed, meaning the 176-year-old building in Wellingborough Road cannot be knocked down without specific listed building consent. The move has been welcomed by officials at English Heritage, who advised the Government that the building should be protected for the future. 

A spokesman for English Heritage said: “We’re pleased the Government has agreed with our recommendation to keep St Edmund’s Hospital in Northampton on the statutory List. Built in 1836-7, it was one of the first generation of New Poor Law workhouses, designed by the eminent Victorian architect George Gilbert Scott, and it represents a key moment in changing social attitudes towards the provision made for the poor and destitute. “

The main hospital building has stood derelict since 1999 despite a Tesco and a restaurant being built on neighbouring parts of the former hospital site.

Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, Councillor Tim Hadland (Con, Old Duston) said the authority would now work with the site’s owners to get the hospital redeveloped. He said: “We welcome the decision of the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to retain St Edmund’s Hospital on the list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest. Owning a listed building comes with a duty to protect it, so we will continue to talk with the landowners about their plans and how they can bring the site back into use.”

St Edmund’s Hospital was built in 1836 as a workhouse and was converted into a hospital in the 1930s, before closing in 1999.

1 comment:

  1. Northampton is an ancient place. It's a place for history and love. The native people in Northampton are really well behaved by their nature. In the seasons of wedding every church are fully busy for making wedding. I am really missing those days when I am living in Northampton.I am never forget those days.