Thursday, May 22, 2014
The Zachary Merton Convalescence Home, Woodhouse Eaves
Earlier this week I quoted a Charnwood Borough Council document that says Woodhouse Eaves once contained "a remarkable number of recovery and convalescent homes".
Chief among them was the Zachary Merton Convalescence Home, which was built to house injured war veterans. The home also contained a mental hospital wing known as Beacon Lodge.
This home has long been derelict, but I believe it is still to be found in the woods above the village. Redevelopment is planned if it is not already taking place.
Midlands Heritage has some striking photographs of the site. To find it I would have had to have gone in for some serious trespassing, and I was not in the mood for it.
But I did find these monumental gate posts on the road into Woodhouse Eaves.