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Vague Memories

A Memory of Bursledon

I was in the Bursledon Hospital twice, first in 1949 and again in 1950. I was remitted there from the Childrens Hospital in Southampton; I was only 5 or 6 years old and have only vague memories of my visits. However, 2 things have stuck in my mind. I lay in a ward that was directly behind the steps shown in the photograph and remember looking out though the windows, over the garden. During my first visit, the flower garden in the lower right-hand side of the photo, was a pond. During that visit, I remember that a small boy fell into the pond. I presume that that was why it was filled in and turned into a flower garden. I also have a vague memory that on the right-hand side of the garden, looking out from the ward, there was a hedge and behind the hedge, a swimming pool that was used by the staff. On my second visit the pool had fallen into disrepair and was overgrown with weeds.
If anybody else has any similar memories I would be glad to hear from them.

A memory shared by Dudley Hicks , on Jan 19th, 2014.

Comments & feedback

Sun Mar 12th 2017, at 12:12 pm

gamegolf1947 commented:

I was in this Hospital in 1954 having been sent there after a heart operation in the Chest Hospital, I can recall some things like the big arch door way and the large hallway and the stairs it all seemed huge I was in the second ward on the right witch over looked the steps and the gardens and recall having lessons in the ward and being pushed out on the balcony when the weather was nice and I recall when some of us was getting better we were allowed to go down through the fields to the Hamble river I was only 7 at the time but I recall being happy there and well looked after and I have just turned 70. nice to share are memories Barry Rowe on March 12th, 2017.

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