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.

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