The Semon Convalescent Home 1900, Ilkley
Memories of The Semon Convalescent Home 1900, Ilkley
Born There in 1943
I was born in The Semon Emergency Hospital August 1943 and often wondered what it looked like and why I was actually born there and not in Bradford which is where my birth mother lived at the time, unless she was visiting Ilkley and was taken there as an emergency. I was adopted soon after birth. But have since met up with my half siblings. Both birth parent and adoptive parents are now deceased and so I never found out how I came to be born there.
Semon Emergency Maternity Hospital
I was born at the Semon Emergency Maternity Hospital in 1943 even though my parents lived in Bradford at the time.
I have always assumed this was because of the threat of bombing during the war, though I have never been sure if this is correct.
I viewed an map of Ilkley at the time recently and noted where the Hospital once stood, and have since been to see the location and wondered what it must have looked like in the surrounding area at that time.
It would be interesting to know if any records still exist of the births at the Hospital.
I Was Born at Ilkley
I was also born at the Semon Convalescent Home in 1943, my mother was booked into St Lukes for my birth but was sent here instead, I often wondered what the home was like. I have visited Ilkley many times and never did find the home, now I know why.
Born at Semon Convalescent Home Oct 1944
My mother was evacuated from London to Ilkley when the first V. bombs dropped. She was expecting me and I was born on 22nd October 1944 in Semon Convalescent Home which was turned into an emergency maternity home. We had been evacuated to Yorkshire as we had a cousin who lived in Ilkley. My mother was from Northumberland but lived in London. I went back to find the place in about 1992 (cant remember date) and found it all boarded up. The caretaker kindly let me in to look around and I found the rooms where the babies were born and took a photo of it. It was apparently being sold for development and I don't know what has happened to the building now.
I too, was born at the Semon Home (although the family lived in Bradford), and the reason was, so far as I know, that the authorities wanted to keep St Luke's Hospital free for forces and other casualties. Until now, I thought the building still existed, but given the other comments here, I am going to check physically at the first opportunity.
Its not really a memory, I need help. I'm researching my family tree but my mum, Maureen Elizabeth Yates born 2nd June 1942 was adopted. I know she was born in Ilkley to a Kathleen M Yates and was adopted by Sidney Smith and Mary Jane? Smith (known as Janey). As far as I know Kathleen died just after my mum was born and my mum's real father was a secret! But I do believe he came from Guisley?
Ilkley & local memories
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I remember the guesthouse very well also mr and mrs Spiers who ran the place..I lived at Hilltop from 1959 to 1961..the people in charge were Walter and Rose Hall..they also had a daughter called Pamela..all us kids used to go to Hollybrook on a saturday to spend our 6d pocketmoney on sweets it was such a long time ago but the memories are happy ones
Ilkley, Hollybrook Guest House.
I remember Hollybrook Guesthouse well from my childhood as I lived with my parents at Hill Top, Westwood Road, which at the time was a Children's home for boys from "broken homes". I spent many happy hours with Mary & Eddy Spiers who ran it and paid a brief visit to see them in 1972 a few months before I married. I visited in August this year and was disappointed to find it gone.
Parish Ghyll Park
Could anyone help me with the exact location of this park? We have lived in Ilkley on Parish Ghyll Lane since the 1960's but we have no idea where Parish Ghyll Park is. Is it the Gardens for the Blind at the bottom of Parish Ghyll Road?
Royal Hotel WW2 And Afterwards
From 1939 to 1959 I lived in West View, just a couple of hundred yards from the Royal. We were friendly with the proprietress of the time, a Miss Florence Shute. Miss Shute had a brother who lived in our flats and the latter had a son, Peter, who was injured in the War and who had a Dutch wife called Helen. Miss Shute had a mid brown Austin 10 Cambridge car registered CWR 442. At the Wells Road side of the hotel, opposite the dark tree on the right of the picture, was a public bar (Tetley's). The hotel was demolished in, perhaps, the early 1960s and was replaced by the present multi storey apartments.
Information Wanted About Royal Hotel Ilkley
My grandfather's uncle - Harry Briggs - ran this hotel with his wife Isabella. They were there in the 1911 census. Does anyone have information about the demise of the hotel? Any information at all would be extremely helpful in my family history research.
Heber's Ghyll Off Grove Road, Ilkley
We used to live on Grove Road in the 1960s and 1970s and, being a tomboy, I would also go exploring with our two dogs. One of my favourite walks was up Heber's Ghyll - sometimes following the path up through the woods but most often just walking "wild" through the woods. It was full of bluebells (still is) and the Ghyll (stream) is a delightful place to sit and look at. At the top of the path, just before you hit the Moor, there is an old shelter - now in ruins - where you could sit and catch your breathe. This was Chalybeate Spring. Its a sad little place now - used by local youths for the odd bit of illegal smoking, etc, and partying so the council decided to remove the seats and roof to discourage this. What a truly delightful photo. I never realised it was a Spring either ..... though its always wet around the outside and seeping down... Read more
Lund And Becker Houses in Ilkley
I believe this house was built by my great grandfather, Charles Lund, in 1876. He was married to Hannah Pullen. They had three daughters. The youngest, Alice was my grandmother. She married Clarence Becker. They lived most of their lives in Ilkley. Their son, Maurice and daughter Sylvia, my mother, grew up in Ilkley. She moved to America in the 1930s. I travelled many times with my mother to Ilkley, staying with my grandmother, who by then had moved too Manor Park in Burley. I remember seeing this house along with others in Ilkley, built and lived in by members of the family including Eldemere, on the Grove Road, Overdale, Westwood drive, a double, Suncroft and Inglecrof, Kings Road and finally Fieldhead and Villette on Rupert Road.
Great Uncle John Percy Norfolk Was Born in Ilkley in 1880
Great Uncle Percy was born John Percy Norfolk near Ilkley, in 1880 and was the brother of my grandad William Arthur Norfolk. He fought with the East Yorkshire Regiment during the First World War as a volunteer and survived wounds. He was commissioned as a Lieutenant and was the Signals Officer. I have many of his military papers, photos, and medals which I am donating to his regimental museum. These include letters, poems and pressed flowers which he picked in the trenches! I remember both Great Uncle Percy and Great Aunt Hilda well as I was a teenager when they died. Sadly, I was not yet old enough to be curious and ask them questions about their interesting lives. He married Great Aunt Hilda (Hilda Sanderson Campain) in 1911 but they had no children which is why I have the collection of his papers.
My Ealy Days in Ilkley War Time. 1940/46
I was born in Ilkley in Sept. 1940, my parents first residing at Ben Rhydding. After my birth we moved to a house in Valley Drive, living next door I recall to a lady called Miss Booth. From our rear garden we could look up towards the Cow and Calf and in later years I climbed these. We used to collect our milk daily from a farm just down the road, from a farmer called Binns, and I believe his son was a pilot in the RAF and had done beat ups along the Wharfe. I was once given a ride on his horse by POWs (German or Italian) much to my mothers great disapproval! Father was employed as a bacteriologist at the sanatorium and Mother worked for the Wool Control Board at a rather gloomy old mansion, where I remember they had fund raising fetes. My young Uncle Henry (Poore) came to live with us to escape the bombing in London and attended the Grammar School, whose playing fields were right... Read more
Its not really a memory, more what I am trying to find out. My mother was born in Ilkley on 2nd June 1942, her mother, Kathleen M Yates died in the same month and my mum was adopted by a Sidney Smith. Her father was unknown but I know he lived near the area. If anyone can remember anything, no matter how small, it would really help, thanks.