Renovated tiles will be returned to Havant

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TEN antique panels from Havant’s War Memorial Hospital will have been restored by the end of September.

The panels, which consist of 24 hand-painted tiles depicting nursery rhymes, are in Shropshire as they are being restored by Heritage Tile Conservation.

The company has said the work will be completed by the autumn.

As reported, the Royal Doulton tiles, which were installed in the children’s ward, were removed from the walls of the hospital following a campaign by residents to save them.

The hospital, which closed last September, is set to be turned into a care home.

Once the tiles are returned to Havant, the plan is to have them put on public display at The Spring in East Street.

A date has not yet been set for the exhibition and it is likely to take many months.

Resident Kate Turner is applying for Heritage Lottery funding towards displaying the tiles. She needs people’s anecdotes about the hospital.