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Arts & Crafts gems open for viewing

01 September 2008Written by ATG Reporter

Every year English Heritage's open days offer free access to thousands of properties that are usually closed to the public. This year’s opportunity runs from September 11 to 14, and from a list of 3500 places there are two of particular interest to students of Arts & Crafts, one in Devon, the other in Surrey.

Built in 1900 by the Arts & Crafts architect Charles Voysey is the former Winsford Cottage Hospital, near Okehampton, closed by the NHS in 1988.

The building is largely unspoilt and visitors can see exactly how Voysey intended the hospital to function, as copies of his original drawings will be on view.

The Grade ll Listed Durdans Stables and Indoor Riding School, near Epsom were designed in 1881 by the Arts & Crafts architect George Devey (1820-1886), pioneer of the English vernacular style, for Lord Rosebery, later prime minister, who came to Durdans in 1874 to breed horses for the Derby.

This could be a last chance to see the Durdans stables. They have been the subject of considerable conservation debate between Epsom and Ewell's MP, Christopher Grayling – a member of the Shadow Cabinet entrusted to attack Labour policies – and the stables' owner, the Earl of Halifax.

The Earl plans to convert the Grade II Listed buildings into homes and offices.

See www.heritageopendays.org.uk for further information.

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