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.


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