PICTURE GALLERY: Historic plaques returned to Eastbourne hospital site

Princess Alice Hospital Plaques (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150710-164911008
Princess Alice Hospital Plaques (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150710-164911008

A plaque and foundation stone from the original Princes Alice Memorial Hospital in Eastbourne have been returned to their original site.

The plaque commemorating the extension to the hospital in Carew Road in 1888 and a foundation stone – laid by Prince Edward in 1931 – had been abandoned when the hospital was demolished some years ago and were in a derelict state at the back of the DGH close to the laundry.

They were spotted by Eastbourne residents Fred and Veronica Stoner and after an appeal by the Herald and historians Nicholas Howell and Richard Crooks were removed today (Wednesday) and returned to the original Princess Alice Hospital site, which is now the Hawthorns Retirement Village

They were removed by Mac Hobbs from Hobbs Recovery Services and his staff.

Mac Hobbs said he had been delighted to help when he read that the plaque and foundation needed to be moved.

The original 12 bed Princess Alice Memorial Hospital was opened in 1883, four years after the death of Princess Alice after she spent some of her last months in Eastbourne.

The hospital was primarily funded through a public appeal and was designed in a cottage style by architect Mr T C Cutler. Before becoming part of the National Health Service in 1948, the Princess Alice Memorial Hospital was a general voluntary hospital and was therefore funded by subscriptions and local taxes.

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