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Along the Moors - Preston

A Georgian Treasure

Preston Hospital
Preston Hospital

Approaching Preston-upon-the-Weald Moors from the west it is almost impossible not to notice the elegant classical outline of Preston Hospital… one of Shropshire’s genuine architectural treasures. The distinctive grade one listed building, replete with central hall and arcaded wings of red brick and stone dressing, was built in the mid 1720s at the bequest of a member of the local gentry to provide shelter and accommodation for poor widows and girls. Despite its humble origins, the hospital is now widely recognised as one of the finest examples of small-scale Georgian almshouse architecture in Britain. Yet, the principle reason for its existence lies much further afield…