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The Cottage Hospital Movement

Cottage Hospitals developed in the second half of the 19th century. They were made possible and successful by international developments in hospital treatment: the use of anaesthetics in surgery from 1845; higher standards of nursing care under the guidance of Florence Nightingale, particularly after the opening of the Nightingale Training School for nurses at St … click to read more

The C F A Voysey Society

The CFA Voysey Society has been founded to celebrate the work of the architect and designer Charles Francis Annesley Voysey (1857-1941), one of the leading figures in both the Arts and Crafts movement and its immediate successors. It is the Society’s objective to encourage research into all aspects of Voysey’s life and work and to … click to read more

The Winsford Trust – Article For The William Morris Society 2012

Tucked away in Halwill Junction, Devon, just a few steps from the tourist route to Bude and the North Cornwall coast is a unique product of the Arts and Crafts movement. The building was a gift to the parishes of North Devon from Maria Webb-Medley, a generous patron of the arts. C.F.A. Voysey is principally … click to read more

‘Cheesy’ Quiz Night

It’s quiz time again! On February 25th from 7.00pm (eyes down at 7.30pm) we will be holding one of our fundraising quiz evenings at the Winsford Centre. Tickets are £6.00 per person and will include a ‘cheese’ platter for sharing and a ‘cheesy’ round of questions! Tables of 6 please and a licensed bar is … click to read more

Listed Buildings – Grade II* Listed Building Restoration

Listed Buildings – A Past with a Future The Winsford Trust has embarked on a long journey to restore this unique grade II* listed building for future generations to enjoy. The building is over 100 years old and of great architectural significance. Requirement came to light in recent years through the obvious sign of wear … click to read more

CFA Voysey – Furniture

Voysey’s furniture designs were simple and functional and were sparingly decorated. He tended to leave wood with a natural finish rather than the more fashionable technique of paint or stain. As a designer, Charles Voysey paid meticulous attention to detail. His characteristic heart shaped motifs can be seen on many of his pieces of furniture … click to read more

Victorian Cottage Hospital

The hospital at Halwill Junction is the best preserved and, designed by C F A Voysey, architecturally, by far the finest example of a Victorian Cottage Hospital in England. A Brief History Originating as a late Victorian Cottage Hospital the Winsford Centre is part of an important strand in the history of health care provision, … click to read more

The Webb-Medley Family

Maria Louisa Medley (1840-1919) Maria Louisa (Molly) Medley, born 1840, was the daughter of Henry Courteney Selous, a distinguished artist and illustrator of Victorian children’s books. Among other things he received the commission to paint the Opening of the Crystal Palace Exhibition 1851, this painting now resides in the Victoria & Albert Museum. The painting … click to read more

Winsford Cottage Hospital – A Gift To North Devon

The Western Morning News: Monday, December 3, 1900 Winsford Cottage Hospital A Lady’s Noble Gift There is probably no finer or more bracing air in Devon than that which is to be found on the tract of country high above the sea level, which adjoins the South-Western Railway near Halwill and Holsworthy. It is in … click to read more

Vision Of The Winsford Trust

To make the “Winsford” a community hub focussed on the legacy of its local heritage, inspired by its influential architect CFA Voysey and its unique place in the Arts & Crafts movement, whilst remaining fully accessible to the people of North Devon. Mission To ensure that this distinctive community building is fully restored, remains in … click to read more