The old hospital, a majestic lady, we never discuss ladies ages but must be built in the 1800s; being three-story-tall, one of the town’s most prominent buildings stands magnificently in the Avenue Minehead.
As I mentally stand on the pavement, surrounded by the noise of traffic shoppers and visitors alike, this lady is protected by a foot high wall capped with a black iron shoulder height fencing for the average person, with an arched gate in the middle and a lamp welcoming visitors at night.
The forecourt that stands directly between the fencing and the lady is normally home to funfairs, market traders, and other community events.
To the right, an access ramp that goes up to the old cafe that recently builders were working on, transforming this to a new modern black and white interior for diners to Minehead to enjoy nibbles and drinks.
The main dominating blue castle door stands proudly and symmetrically in the middle of protecting this lady. On either side of this door, there must be some 40 large white wood-framed windows. That if you peered in over the centuries, you could have witnessed a multitude of fashions.
Protecting this lady from the elements, a slate grey roof and irregularly shaped bricks, dark brown or grey, held together by mortar, I feel are never built like these today.
I can’t help wondering, as this building has been a local police station, a rehabilitation home for soldiers in the second world war, and more recently the hospital for the local community and now is a community centre supporting local businesses charities. If these walls could talk, what stories and glimpses into Minehead and the communities history what could they say.