Newspaper report from 1870
A NEW COTTAGE HOSPITAL FOR LYTHAM.
LAYING OF THE FOUNDATION STONE.
Yesterday week, the foundation stone of a New Cottage Hospital
for Lytham was laid by Miss Constantia Wood.1. The hospital is being built at the sole expense of Col.
Clifton, of Lytham. A silver trowel, with an inscription commemorative of the
event, was presented to Miss Wood by Mr. T. Fair. Miss Wood having laid the stone
in the usual way, and deposited papers and coins in the cavity, declared the stone
“well and duly laid." There were amongst those present—Col. Clifton and
Mrs. Clifton, Mr. T. Fair, and a number of other ladies and gentlemen.
The building will be 79 feet 3 inches long across the main
front, and 56 feet 4 inches from back to front in the centre position. The hospital
consists of a centre structure and two wings. The centre will have two stories and
the wings will have one storey. The height of the central portion of the point of
the gables is 26 feet.
The building is to be constructed of cobble stones, with red
brick coins at the corners, with plain dressings, which will give it a very
ornamental appearance. The main entrance is by a door something in the early
English style. The lower part of the building will be used for domestic purposes
and the out-patients, and the two wings for in-patients. In front of the two wings
there will be two verandahs, extending across these parts of the frontage.
The ground-floor of the building will contain, in the right
entrance, hall, house-keeper's sitting-room, bed-room, and the ward for women; on
the left, the out-patients' room, lavatory, bath-room, and ward for men; in the
rear are the back entrance; the surgery, kitchen, scullery, wash-house, mortuary,
The first floor of the central block consists of two wards, one
for men and the other for women, with attendants' bed-rooms, &c. The building
will be heated by open fire‑places, and every arrangement has been made for proper
As we have previously intimated, the building will be erected at
the sole expense of Col. Clifton, and it is to be hoped that, when the building is
completed, the generosity shown by the above gentleman in the erection of it will
lead others to contribute according to their means for the support of that noble
1. There is an error in
the original newspaper article which gives the name "Constantina Wood". This was Lady Eleanor
Cecily Clifton's neice, Constantia Eleanor Wood