Renovation of historic ward tiles progresses

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THE restoration of 10 antique tiles from Havant’s War Memorial Hospital is well under way.

But it could be around 18 months until the tiles are ready to be displayed at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre.

As reported, the Royal Doulton tiles, which depict nursery rhymes, 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.

Kate Turner, chairwoman of Havant and Bedhampton Community Network, said: ‘The Hampshire Museum service has agreed ownership of them, but what we have to do is raise money to have them displayed in the borough on a regular basis.

‘At the moment I am in the middle of trying to do a Heritage Lottery bid.’

Mrs Turner needs to find out local families’ anecdotes about the building of the hospital, which opened in 1929 after a massive fundraising drive across Havant. Email