Fairfield House, Early 1960's

A Memory of Broadstairs

Further to memories of Fairfield; when I was 7 I came to Fairfield House and stayed for 3 and a half years. Like many residents I had breathing problems and was sent there for the sea air. I have lots of good memories of the school and Broadstairs itself, the only names I remember are my friend Irene Reynolds from Ilkeston, and a girl called Pat Porter who I think came from Canterbury. I recall the big staircase especially at Christmas when we used to line the stairs and sing Christmas carols, then Santa would come and give us all a present. Myself and my hubby have just booked a holiday there in September. I would like to visit Fairfield House, I believe it’s a care home now. I would appreciate any info anybody could give me on this subject and would love to hear from anyone that was there around 1960 to ’63. Many thanks, Carol.

Comments & feedback

Sun Jul 13th 2014, at 9:05 pm

deniseandpete commented:

Hi ,I have vague memories of being sent to fairfields ,I must have been about 7 ,I was sent with my eldest sister Annette but never actually saw much of her .i hated it ,I missed my parents and was so homesick .i remember walking to the church on Sundays and the bed rest in the daytime . Making dens in the wooded area and hiding in them .the headmistress was called mrs Barclay ,I also remember a girl that looked after me as I was young .i hated the winter coleslaw they served it had celery in and I was made to eat it ,to this day I detest the taste and smell of celery .yuk.

Add your comment

You must be signed-in to your Frith account to post a comment.

or Register now

Tips & Ideas

Not sure what to write? It's easy - just think of an important place in your life and ask yourself:

  • How does it feature in your personal history?
  • What are your best memories of this place?
  • How has it changed over the years?
  • How does it feel, seeing these places again?
  • Do you remember stories about the community, its history & people?

Also Remembered This Week

Some of the places you've shared memories of this week:

...and hundreds more! Enjoy browsing more recent contributions now.