The World Healing Centre has a rich history and has been owned by the Charity since 1952. Over the past year it has been lovingly restored and rejuvenated for the 21st Century. It is set in beautiful landscaped gardens, has an on-site café and is close to all transport links. The rooms and building are available to hire for interviews, workshops, meetings, weddings, retreats and more. If you are interested in renting one of our rooms or the building please contact Louisa Brown on 01253 343701.
The History of our Building
This beautiful Edwardian building was completed in 1911. Calderbank, as it was named, was commissioned by Jane Higgin who lived in the neighbouring house. Sadly, Jane passed away in 1912 and left the property to her new husband Frederick Ash who she had married in London earlier the same year. She was incredibly generous and bequeathed many monetary gifts to charities and good causes both locally and nationally and her estate was valued at approximately £110,000 which is equivalent to over £12 million today! Frederick re-married soon after Jane’s death and moved to another property on Lytham Road.
In 1913 it is recorded that John Brown then resided in the property.
The Millington family moved into Calderbank in 1921 and remained here until 1937. Frederick was a councillor in Blackpool, and he played a major part in the organisation of the first Blackpool Carnival in 1923.
Eliza Broadbent and Alice Clark then briefly owned the house between 1937 and 1939 before it became a Camp Reception Centre for HM Forces during World War II.
During the years of 1947 and 1952 archives show that the property was occupied by Bertha Cameron and Evelyn Griffin and subsequently by Joyce Roscoe. In 1952 Mandus Nyquist, the founder of World Healing Centre bought Calderbank and the Charity was set up and flourished. Brother Mandus as he was known, passed in 1988 and the great work of the Charity was continued by his son Conrad.
The Centre is now being refurbished and revived for the 21st Century. Our aim is to sympathetically restore the interior and exterior of the Centre to create a warm and relaxing space for the many activities and services we now provide.
If you are interested in assisting us to expand our knowledge of the history of Calderbank please let us know.
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