As an old Dr Barnardo’s boy from Eastbourne, I am trying to find if there is a picture of Churchill House and Whitewood House in Summerdown Road in around 1964 which I was at.
I have a picture of the old Churchill House which was in Vicarage Road which closed around 1964. I have contacted Dr Barnardos in London and they have nothing.
Can anybody help?
Roger Bell, firstname.lastname@example.org
Regarding the recent articles on Summerdown Camp in World War 1, the school nearby is often named Beresford House.
At that time the building was Cholmeley House, a boys’ preparatory school.
John Herbert, Upwick Road.
Before the opening of the present District General Hospital on King’s Drive, the residents of Eastbourne were served by several hospitals dotted around the town.
The service had originated in the style of cottage hospitals, some of the practises were maintained in the 1950s.
The main hospital was Princess Alice Hospital in Carew Road, now the Hawthorns, opened in 1883.
There were 20 plus large bedded wards seperate for men women and children with no mixing of the sexes. The wards were spotlessly clean and very tidy.
Patients were woken at 6am with a quick cup of tea and a bed wash by the nurse before breakfast. Then every bed was moved to the centre of the ward to enable the nurses to clean the ward thoroughly before the matron and consultants made their rounds of inspections.
No speck of dust or creases were allowed in the blankets when the matron passed by. Patients were sitting up in bed if possible, seemingly to attention.
The patient care was important. The senior nurse on duty would sit at a table in the ward keeping a strict eye on both patients and staff and the most serious cases were in beds closest to her table. In those days there were very few male nursing staff.
Meals were delivered to the ward in heated trolleys and there was no choice of dishes except those dictated on medical advice. The ward sister would supervise the feeding and portion control ensuring the less able were fed if necessary.
Visiting was restricted to a period of 30 minutes early evening while on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, a further 30 minutes afternoon visiting was allowed. There was no lingering after the bell had sounded. Matron ruled sternly but often with compassion.
My mother spent a period of three months in Princess Alice recovering from a bad burn but it was a hot summer and she found the ward stifling at night. She requested that her bed was moved to the veranda so that she could enjoy the fresh air and this was allowed and greatly assisted her recovery.
I spent a few days in the other general hospital, St Mary’s in Old Town by Summerdown Road. This was a collection of drab buildings.
Sometimes when moving around the hospital it was necessary to go outside of the buildings. Originally the Work House, it was opened 1835 and in my opinion, despite the efforts of the caring staff, the buildings retained the feeling of the misery of those days. General nursing was introduced I believe in 1929.
Other specialised hospitals enhanced the service: The Maternity Hospital in Upperton Road, which is Marlborough House today, and All Saints on the seafront at the foot of Beachy Head provided recuperation and long stay patients.
Isolation cases were nursed at the Downside Hospital on East Dean Road while “women’s problems” spent time at the Leaf Hospital in St Annes Road.
Lionel Leslie Marriott, Dallington Road.
In photo captions the school nearest Summerdown Camp in World War 1 is often named Beresford House. At that time the building was Cholmeley House, a boys’ preparatory school.
John Herbert Upwick Road