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Oxford Inscriptions: Manor Hospital


Manor Hospital plaque

 

THE MANOR HOSPITAL
OXFORD
THIS FOUNDATION STONE WAS LAID
ON 16TH SEPTEMBER 2003
BY
MR DOUGLAS GARDNER
CHAIRMAN, BOARD OF GOVERNORS
NUFFIELD HOSPITALS

This inscription is on the front of the Manor Hospital in Beech Road.

The Manor Hospital was built to replace the old Acland Hospital, and stands on Headington’s former Manor Ground football stadium

The Section 106 Planning Obligation signed on behalf of Oxford United Football Club included a financial contribution to a work of public art for the site. The result was the sculpture below by Diana Bell, unveiled when the hospital was opened on 25 October 2004, which provides a visual history of the site.

Manor Hospital sculpture

Diana Bell said of the sculpture:

I wanted something uplifting that would be as relevant in 60 years' time as it is today. My design shows crowds of people on the right. At the football ground in the centre I created an impression of the number of people who have visited the site and will go to the hospital in the future. The figures symbolise caring and sharing, a universal human need, and are abstracted to stand for humanity rather than individuals.

Oxford Mail, 14 January 2004: “25ft sculpture plan on show

Stephanie Jenkins, 2013