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Campaign hots up for Josephine Butler House

The Victorian Society has asked Liverpool City Council to extend a conservation area to include a threatened building on Hope Street.

Concerned at reports that demolition work began at Josephine Butler House last week, despite the fact that the council only considered, and rejected, plans to knock it down yesterday, the Victorian Society has called for the Mount Pleasant Conservation Area to be extended to include the building. It hopes that this measure will safeguard the former hospital, which was built by J.D. Lee in 1861 to accommodate the expanding Lying-in Hospital in Horatio Street.

'We're very pleased to hear that councillors were unhappy with the demolition plans,' said Alex Baldwin, Conservation Adviser of the Victorian Society. ‘The loss of Josephine Butler House would be a disaster, not only because the building is an attractive physical record of the development of Liverpool's medical services, but also because it contributes a great deal to the character of both the Conservation Areas it stands between. It should be protected and we urge the Council to take action now before this significant piece of Liverpool's built heritage is lost for good.'

Wednesday 12 March, 2008

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