Does ‘The Min’ matter?

A ‘call to arms’ – from Bath Preservation Trust – for other heritage groups to join them in persuading B&NES to protect the historical assets of  The Min – the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases – which is currently up for sale.

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The Min – built 1738-42 by John Wood the Elder.

This follows the rejection – by the Council – of the heritage watchdog’s bid to register the Grade 2 listed building as of public importance through an Asset of Community Value application.

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BPT’s Chief Executive Caroline Kay outside The Min.

BPT’s Chief Executive – Caroline Kay – told Bath Newseum that the Trust was not trying to put a spanner in the process but genuinely felt ‘ that this was an important building with an absolutely intrinsic role in the Georgian city that should be recognised in any future use’.

I asked her to explain the background to the bid – and how the battle for protecting The Min’s historical assets was not over.

The Min has been put up for sale by the Royal United Hospital which is building a new facility at its main site to handle all current services.

The building – designed by John Wood Senior –  was originally Britain’s first General Hospital. It was erected so that the visiting poor could receive mineral water treatment.

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Some of the brass badges patients would have worn.

It also houses the Bath Medical Museum which will be looking for a new home.

Though l have heard rumours of a sale a spokesperson for the RUH would only tell me that ‘the position hasn’t changed – the Trust continues to be in the process of selling the Mineral Water Hospital’.