Tiles will be restored to former glory

Part of one of the tiles

Part of one of the tiles

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HISTORIC tiles have now been removed from the children’s ward of an old hospital and will be restored.

The Royal Doulton tiles, which depict favourite nursery rhymes, have been removed from the walls of Havant War Memorial Hospital, which closed last autumn.

NHS Hampshire has sent the tiles away to a specialist company, which will restore them so they can be put on public display.

The total cost of the removal and restoration is £25,000.

Half the money has been put forward by NHS Hampshire’s charitable fund — accrued from public donations over many years.

The remainder will be taken from the money gained from the sale of the building.

Officials at NHS Hampshire are still in talks with an interested buyer.

A spokeswoman said they hope to hand over the tiles to The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre in East Street, Havant, by the end of May so they can be displayed.

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