Call to recognise building's history

By Martin Neville

Sunday, July 6, 2014

 

Call to recognise building's history

Historic picture of Frank James Hospital. Courtesy of Brian Young.

A COMMUNITY group fighting to save an historic East Cowes landmark has called on English Heritage (EH) to correct an error listing the building as being Edwardian.

Friends of Frank James said it had asked EH to correct the listing of the hospital, which states the building was built in 1903 — Edwardian — when in fact it was constructed during Queen Victoria’s reign in 1893.

Sarah Burdett, of East Cowes Heritage, said they were certain the Frank James Home for Aged Seamen was opened in 1893.

The Friends are drafting a further submission to EH to try to get the buildings Grade II listed status upgraded to Grade I or Grade II*.

If successful, the Friends believe it could open new channels of funding.

An EH spokesman said the Friends had been advised to complete a form to amend the entry on the Heritage List for England website.

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by alan naylor

8th July 2014, at 16:22:09

O K everyone how about cleaning it up and opening it up as a free screening center for early breast cancer and colonoscopy heart screening and wait for it obesity house all nursing staff for free waiting

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by carl palmer

8th July 2014, at 14:21:06

don't get me wrong I love old architecture and often visit places of interest but that's the point they have to be places of interest and I cant agree with saving just for savings sake like they want to do with the cinema in Sandown. hold a ballet and ask the people what they want to do, I would chose in favour of conversion to up market flats for the retired with a warden, owned by the local authorities' to prevent it becoming just for the wealthy. keep the brick work but rip out anything that isn't energy efficient, new windows new roof etc and by renting them out the cost would be recouped and the community benefits.

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by carl palmer

8th July 2014, at 14:07:02

oh I forgot to mention...are you interested in sewers? no? well they made a tv program about them recently that actually achieved higher ratings at prime time then the bbc....guess its all going down the toilet

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by carl palmer

8th July 2014, at 14:05:14

Steven Goodman - I take it you are involved with this? the bbc making programs has im afraid nothing to do with people paying £70 to cross the Solent to see this building, im sure you are aware that the bbc has to make an allocated amount of cultural programs, my daughter works on some of them. alas this doesn't translate into footfall. programs are made about opera but there hasn't been a resurgence in bums on seats. there was recently a bbc documentary about Mormons but I doubt it altered the recruitment figures and the program about the Scottish highlands didn't result in new ferries being needed. if you ask English heritage what impact the last program about Stonehenge had they will say very little. the point is that just because they make a tv program about something doesn't mean there is interest, the fact that the bbc makes the programs proves this as its the only one that doesn't receive revenue related to its viewing figures.

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by Steven Goodman

8th July 2014, at 11:43:50

Roger; did you want to say something useful?

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by Steven Goodman

8th July 2014, at 10:42:50

Alan - you are wrong about there being no suggestions here; you can see below that 2 days ago I wrote again about the wasteful failure to return the building to the housing use for which permission was given after the sale. Other possible uses have been suggested on other occasions. Provision of accommodation remains the most likely outcome for financial reasons, but the suggested youth centre/gym would also be a much better use than continuing the waste. Any restoration & conversion work could be an opportunity to involve, educate, & train young islanders. It's also worth reminding people that those helping with our work at FJ for over 2 years have included all ages from young children upwards.

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by Steven Goodman

8th July 2014, at 10:05:12

(My last comment was cut short) - Money has been pouring down the drain for 12 years as the remedial costs rise with neglect.

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by Steven Goodman

8th July 2014, at 10:00:52

Steve Skelton; a lot of people think this matters, and that money should not be wasted. Nor should useful buildings & materials, embedded energy, opportunities to provide much-needed housing, & shared heritage & history.

FJ, which was once new-build housing, is a good example of sound, exceptional, attractive, functional architecture & workmanship, and was still in very good condition after about 110 years when the NHS decided to sell it. A lot of newer buildings aren't even built to last, & certainly not to enrich our shared space. Like many other much appreciated buildings, it's age is one of the reasons it is special & should not be wasted. Another reason is that trying to replace the listed building would also cost a great deal; just applying for consent would probably be a waste of time & money, even before the eventual costs of clearing the site & any new construction.

Money has been pouring down the drain for 12 years as the remedial costs

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by Steven Goodman

8th July 2014, at 00:29:22

Carl; not only are you are wrong about no-one taking the ferry to visit FJ, but you've probably also paid for some of them to do so - unless you don't pay for a TV licence.

For example, last October Pier Productions from Brighton made the trip across the Solent to spend a day and a half filming there for a special feature they were commissioned to do for BBC South as a regional part of a national project. The feature, presented by historian & author Tom Holland, was screened on Thursday 5th December 2013 on BBC1 at 7.30pm under the title, “Restoring England’s Heritage”. You may have missed that prime time programme featuring something of national importance on the island, but others didn't, resulting in further visits.

There's more to say about all this, but I've already had a long day.

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by carl palmer

7th July 2014, at 22:17:09

alan...I would second that, there is an article on here about £1,000,000 available for youth projects so lets use that money

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