Archives for 2011

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

CFA Voysey – Great British Architect

The architect and designer Charles Voysey was a key figure in the English domestic revival. His distinctive strain of modest-sized house reflected his highly individual artistic vision and versatility as a designer, as well as the influence of Shaw, Nesfield and Devey. He became the fashionable architect for industrialists, politicians, artists and writers, yet his … click to read more

CFA Voysey – Metalwork

CFA Voysey designed a large range of architectural ironmongery between 1895-1900 which was incorporated in his furniture designs and architectural works. Originally produced for him by Art Metalwork firms such as Thomas Elsley & W. Bainbridge Reynolds, they were hand finished castings of bronze, brass and steel. The image you see is from an undated … click to read more

Victorian Wallpaper

Early Methods The tradition of wall decoration dates back to Egyptian and Roman wall paintings, and the early Chinese produced sheets of rice paper painted with birds, flowers and landscapes. During the Medieval Ages painted patterns on walls and canvas as well as woven tapestries adorned the interior of churches and castles. Thus wallpaper began … click to read more

A Merry Christmas Quiz

Over 50 people enjoyed a Christmas Quiz Night, which included warm mincepies and mulled wine, at the Winsford Centre, Halwill Junction last Saturday evening. The scores were neck and neck until the final round, when the Winsford Lane Potholers claimed victory over the Parson’s Knows team. The draw for the luxury Christmas hamper, for which … click to read more

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