If your ancestor was missing from Hertfordshire in the 1881, 1891, 1901 or 1911 census they may have been recovering at the Hertfordshire Convalescent Home, St Leonards on Sea, Hastings.
Dear Friend. Arrived here quite safe feeling very tired it is a lovely place every one is so kind I think this change will do me good do try and come down it will do you so much good I have thought of you hope you are better good bye M B****
Sent to Mrs Simmons, 49 Liverpool Road, Watford, (circa 1905-1910?)
(To the Editor of the Hertfordshire Mercury)
Sir, —At mooting held in the Shire Hall, Hertford, on the 13th of January last, to take into consideration the desirability of establishing a sea-side convalescent homo for the county, the following resolution was passed; That a committee of seven persons be appointed to consider whether it is desirable to establish an independent convalescent homo for county of Hertford, or to suggest any other scheme for carrying out the same object, and to report at a public meeting, to be called as soon as they shall think fit.”
Through the kindness of Earl Cowper, and under his lordship’s presidency, this Committee met at Panshanger on Saturday last, the 3rd inst., and after careful consideration of the subject the following resolution was adopted:—
That if it should seem probable that a sufficient sum could be collected for the purpose, it would desirable to form sea-side convalescent home for tho county of Hertford.”
At the request of the Committee I am asking you kindly to give publicity to their derision through the medium of your columns, and state also that it was thought desirable that the £3000 should be raised as an endowment fund, and about £450 in annual subscriptions, to secure the successful maintenance of the Institution. Towards this request £768 has been already promised for the endowment, and about £100 in annual subscriptions.
A public meeting will held in Hertford on Saturday, April the 24th of this month, at 3 o’clock, when Earl Cowpor has very kindly promised to preside, and it hoped that those who may feel an interest in the formation of this Institution may find it convenient to be present.—
l am, sir, your faithful servant,
Hertingfordbury Rectory, April 8, 1875.
Hertford Mercury, Saturday 10 April, 1875
The introduction to the index of some papers on the Convalescent Home at HALS, ref DEX913, reads :
Women's Sitting Room, Herts Convalescent Home
There is a booklet The history of the Hertfordshire Sea-side Convalescent Home at St Leonards-on-sea by Gordon M Frizelle, published in about 1964, which I have not yet seen. There is copies in Hastings Library and other copies at the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine and at the London Metropolitan Archives. There is an online history, which may have been taken from the booklet, at 1066Online.
This 1881 plan from "The Builder" shows the building as first erected.
There are separate entrances, staircases and reading rooms for the men and women
but they obviously shared the dining room.
1881 Census - Hertfordshire Convalescence Home
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