House Beautiful

A Memory of Bournemouth

My mother needed a rest and I had just had my tonsils out when I was sent to the House Beautiful for a fortnight. For some reason she told me it was a convalescent home but when I arrived I found it full of very boisterous children, mostly from London. I remember playing with a magnet on a piece of string in the garden and queuing up for a spoonful of thick green 'tonic' in the playroom each day and also each of us getting a sweet in the afternoon. I did get homesick but it had a cheerful atmostphere. I also remember the walks to the beach and going over a bridge on the way that seemed to go over a ravine!

A memory shared by Ruth Gorst , on Jan 15th, 2010.

Comments & feedback

Thu Aug 20th 2015, at 4:49 pm

fredandiris commented:

I was there with two of my girl cousins. It was around 1948. I was very shy and only remember seeing my cousins at the weekend. I remember a big monkey puzzle tree in the garden.
Freddie Shaw

Fri Aug 21st 2015, at 11:22 am

Ruth Gorst commented:

thanks, good to hear from you.

Thu Oct 8th 2015, at 3:00 pm

carolinebo commented:

My husband stayed there in 1954 and we have been searching for the location for years. Does anyone have the address?

Thank you

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