Brentwood, Highwood Hospital c.1965

Brentwood, Highwood Hospital c.1965

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Memories of Brentwood, Highwood Hospital c1965

18 Months In Highwood

I spent 18 months in Highwood from April 1951 - November 1952 and would love to hear from anyone who was there at the same time. I remember a ward orderly called Mrs Brown on Laurels 3+4 but can not recall any of the other boys names but would love to talk over old times with any one who was there at any time. After a lobectomy in London I made a full recovery and am still working part time at almost 75 years old. My phone no. is ..... 07919 587235

A memory of Brentwood by Peter Summers

Auntie Did Have Tb

I have recently been doing some research into our family history. I was always told by my mother that her elder sister, Bessie Dubora, died from complications following a tonsilectomy but, having now obtained a copy of the Death Certificate, I have discovered that she died at High Wood Hospital in 1925 from TB at the age of 12 years. My family originally came from the East End of London, so I was at a lost to understand why the Death Certificate originated in Billericay. Having studied some of the entries on this site, I can now see that High Wood must have been what used to be known as a "sanitorium" for children with TB. Obviously I never got to meet my aunt Bessie but, if there is anyone out there who ...Read full memory

I Didn't Have Tb!

Just before Christmas in 1953 I was admitted to St Giles' Hospital in Camberwell, south London. It was thought that I had TB. I was allowed home for Christmas, although confined to bed. After Christmas I was taken by ambulance to Highwood Hospital in Brentwood, which my parents told me was a 'convalescent home'. One of the boys on my Ward quickly disillusioned me, as of course all of the patients had varying degrees of TB. The "older" boys, myself included, had beds on the outer part of the building, which had a glass roof and long glass windows, which were left open at night. It was quite cold, and I quickly learned to sleep on my back, to keep out any draughts. During the first week of my stay, still confined ...Read full memory

A memory of Brentwood by Ken Cook

Highwood Hospital. Ingrave Rd. Brentwood. Essex.

I was in a hospital called Highwood Hospital, in Ingrave Road. It was for children who had TB. I remember lots of friends there, the girls were separated from the boys. We had open air wards where we slept, unless it was very cold. Most of us were in our early teens. I was on a ward called Firs 5, I found out years later that it was the only hospital of this type in the country, as the chidren had adult type TB. I was there for about a year, and was completely cured. We did live quite near in a village called Hutton, we lived on a estate which was newly built, and we had moved from London to there, so we were not far from the hospital. The name of our little row of houses was called ...Read full memory

A memory of Brentwood by Joan Saville

Memories of Brentwood

Horsnell Family

My ancestor was John Horsnell, he was born in 1812 in Brentwood, Essex. I am looking for any relatives of John Horsnell. His parents may have been William and Mary. His father was connected with wine importing and retailing. Wiliam was also a rent collector for several years for the High Sheriff of Essex. John Horsnell ...Read full memory

I Remember This As St Faith's Hospital For Epileptics

i remember this not as brentwood hackney schools but as st faith's hospital for women and children with epilepsy and other mental disorders. my father worked in the administration offices until he died in 1959 and my mother worked there as a nursing auxiliary after that. i remember ...Read full memory

A Cup Of Bovril And A Bag Of Crisps After A Swim!

I used to go to Brentwood swimming pool with my school St Martin's for girls and can remember going when it reopened for the new year - easter and it was absolutely freezing! I was not much of a swimmer so can remember it being torture for me. i also used to go with my friends during the ...Read full memory

The Parade Swimming Baths

Hi, I was an evacuee & I lived in Cresent Road. I used to go to Brentwood Senior Boys School at Doddinghurst Road. On Fridays we always went to the fish and chip shop - chips and crackling! I would always go to the swimming baths after school - it cost one penny. I remember when the school got bombed during ...Read full memory

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