This former hospital which has been abandoned for six years is now going to auction.

Bovey Tracey Hospital, on Furzleigh Lane, is a former cottage hospital which was purpose-built in 1931. 

The hospital saw its inpatient ward close in 2015, with the building as a whole closing in 2017 following the reconfiguration of NHS services in the area. 

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Inside the abandoned hospital. (Network Auctions)

Plans to demolish the hospital and create four new homes were refused by Teignbridge District Council, who said in 2022 that the proposal would “harm the character and appearance of the area”. 

Prior to this, the hospital had been registered as an asset of community value, but there were no viable bids for the site. 

The hospital still retains signage throughout, indicating where each ward was, while outside there is a stone engraving signposting the children’s Jubilee Ward, which was erected by public donations. 

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The engraved stone signalling the children's ward. (Network Auctions)

On the ground floor of the building, there are five former bed wards, a day room / dining room, three kitchen areas, two offices, a physiotherapy area, a reception space, three bathrooms, and various WCs and storage rooms. 

Upstairs, there are five offices, two staff changing rooms, a meeting room, a staff room and an additional physiotherapy area. 

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One of the bed wards. (Network Auctions)

The agent notes that the property could be used for a variety of commercial purposes or could be converted into residential dwellings, subject to planning permissions. 

The property is being sold by Charles Darrow via Network Auctions for a guide price of £350,000, and will go to public online auction on Thursday 2nd November 2023. 

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There is still hospital signage throughout the building. (Network Auctions )

Paul Heather, director of Charles Darrow Auctions said: "The sale presents an exceptional opportunity for prospective buyers to acquire a property with vast potential for redevelopment or other commercial uses."