My great aunt, Miss Olive Howlett moved to Troutstream Hall around 1955. She retired as matron of St Columba Hospital ,St Johns Wood, and together with Miss Eva Birchett opened a home for the aged (then for females only). Whether they were the founders of the Troutstream Hall Trust or were merely employed by the trust I can't remember. Prior to this the house had been a private hotel. The bellboard still hung in the kitchen, the main feature of which was an extremely uncooperative coal-fired range tended by the caretaker/gardener - also of uncertain temper! My grandmother, my father and I would visit regularly, driving over from Uxbridge. We often took the picturesque route via Loudwater Lane where the trees on either side of the road made a beautiful green tunnel. It is more than 50 years since I was last there. I believe the home still existed until recently.
A memory shared byon Oct 28th, 2012.
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