Norah Fry, Shepton Mallet
The Norah Fry Hospital was named after a pioneer in mental health care and the first female councillor in Somerset. Born in 1871 in Bristol, she devoted much of her life to public service and in particular to the hospital in Shepton Mallet.
The oldest buildings date back to the 18th century when, following the Poor Law Act, Poor Law Unions were established and the old Shepton Mallet workhouse was redeveloped to provide for the twenty-five surrounding parishes.
Most of the impressive buildings that form the distinctive complex were in place by the end of the 19th century, but in the 1930s they underwent radical redevelopment when the original workhouse became a new mental health hospital.
In 1993 the doors to Norah Fry hospital were closed for the last time. The impressive grade II listed Victorian building was boarded up and left with an uncertain future, until Midas Homes together with Carlise Jessop Chartered Architects created a visionary scheme for its conversion into town houses, coach houses and apartments.
2004 sees a new phase in the story of Norah Fry begin. Once again another change in its fascinating history is enacted.
Midas Homes has worked closely with local chartered architect Carlise Jessop developing this exciting and imaginative project, which is breathing new life into the forgotten site. Not only are we transforming the hospital building into a range of exclusive apartments and town houses, but we are also offering a range of new houses and coach houses in the hospital grounds, which have been specifically designed to complement and reflect the strong sense of history at Norah Fry.
Careful consideration has been given to the positioning of the new homes and parking areas. Many mature trees are being protected and retained, forming tree lined pedestrian courtyards. To the west of the development there are views over the adjoining parkland, and to the east the outlook is over Coombe Lane valley.
The result is that a village atmosphere has been created within the development.