Historic Leper Hospital set for some long overdue protection - The Leamington Observer

Historic Leper Hospital set for some long overdue protection

Leamington Editorial 15th Aug, 2019 Updated: 15th Aug, 2019   0

EMERGENCY work to prevent the total collapse of the historic Leper Hospital in Warwick has been given the green light.

The long-neglected ruins of the medieval St Michael’s Leper Hospital, which sits in a patch of scrubland in Saltisford, has stood derelict for decades.

The current state of the building was described as an “embarrassment to the town” in a report to Warwick District Council’s planning committee.

Now councillors have approved plans to carry out the work to stabilise and protect the building.




In April last year the council pledged £530,000 – from so-called Section 106 funding paid to the council by housing developers building in the district – to help save the site for future generations.

The council stepped in after the private owner failed to take action to protect the grade II listed structure, founded in the 12th century by the Earl of Warwick.


 

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