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Call for sensitive redevelopment of Altrincham’s historic TB hospital

The Victorian Society is appealing to potential developers not to demolish St Anne’s Home in Bowden. The buildings are to be sold by Trafford NHS trust in order to finance plans for the town's general hospital.

St Anne's Home is made up of an attractive collection of buildings set in landscaped grounds and with an interesting and well-documented history. The original house, known as Beech Grove, was built in 1837 by the architect Ibotson Walker for his family. It was then altered extensively during the 1870s by its new owner, Joseph Sidebotham.  In 1885 it was converted into a hospital and a year later the engineer and philanthropist, William J Crossley added a new wing in an attractive mix of brick and decorative terracotta.  The design reflected the very latest research into the treatment of TB.

'We would urge anyone who took the building on to remove damaging later insertions and, wherever possible, reinstate the original room configuration and restore original features', says Alex Baldwin, Conservation Adviser for the Victorian Society. 'There is such a good photographic record of St Anne's Home that it would be relatively easy to reinstate lost or damaged parts without recourse to conjecture.'

The photographs clearly show the buildings transition from family home to TB hospital. Planners now hold it in their power to decide what the next photo will look like. The society hopes it will be an image of a sensitively updated Victorian building which has retained its setting amidst mature trees and lawns.

Friday 13 March, 2009

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