A short history of Havant War Memorial Hospital

The cover of the Havant War Memorial booklet with the hospital on the front
The cover of the Havant War Memorial booklet with the hospital on the front

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As many local Havant folk will know, the War Memorial Hospital located in Cross Way has closed down and it will a great loss to the area, I’m sure.

Alderman Ralph Cousins, known to many as a former newsagent in the town, has written a short history of the hospital which can be read at havant.gov.uk//havant-10979

Two of the panels of 24 tiles that make up the nursery rhyme theme in Havant War Memorial Hospital

Two of the panels of 24 tiles that make up the nursery rhyme theme in Havant War Memorial Hospital

Although the loss will be felt greatly, a new hospital is opening soon just out of the town centre. However one of the biggest worries is what will happen to the Royal Doulton nursery rhyme tiles that adorn the walls of the former children’s ward.

The tiles are set in 10 panels, each 39 x 23 inches, and the cost of moving them is £20,000.

This is for removal, restoration, mounting and reframing.

As we know, the NHS is not overloaded with spare cash in these times of cuts, cuts, cuts. However the booklet on the history of the hospital is available from Havant museum at just £1.50.

If you would like to help save these wonderful pieces of English heritage, then please do go on to the website and read further.

Thank you.