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York Lodge, Seaford

On 17 Aug 2017 at 9:49pm Clutching at straws wrote:
This will probably be met with a blank response, but does anyone here remember a children's convelescent home in Seaford called York Lodge? It's now been demolished - a pity as it was a lovely building - to make way for retirement flats. I stayed there in the mid 70s and often wonder what happened to people who worked there.
On 19 Aug 2017 at 7:14am highdown dreamer wrote:
If you use Facebook there is a group called Seaford Museum, it's run by a local historian called Kevin- he may be able to help you...
On 19 Aug 2017 at 8:46am Clutching at straws wrote:
Thanks for the tip, Highdown Dreamer.
On 19 Aug 2017 at 8:49pm David Benzie wrote:
Unfortunately my stay there as a patient was a few years before yours, July 1969- June 1970.
Whilst I remember my time there quite vividly, my only recollections of any names are :- Lisa White ( patient ) Ginnie a nurse, and Mr Grimes, physiotherapist. Sorry.
On 24 Aug 2017 at 3:17pm Pete wrote:
There is a great group on Facebook called York Lodge Seaford. Check it out!
A lot of great memories from the 70s on there!
On 8 Dec 2017 at 5:47pm Paul massingham wrote:
My aunt ( second cousin really) was matron there for many years.
I spent a holiday with my grandmother there when I was only about seven. Then it was a incandescent home for postal workers and their families who were recovering from TB.
Later it was for children recovering from hospital treatment. My aunt Annie Thursfield oversaw that change.
My mother and aunt were very close and we as a family visited several times a year as did my cousins and our families continued to do after she retired to a small house she purchased in Surrey Close in .
She passed away living in a nursing home in Leamington Spa aged 100.
On 14 Dec 2017 at 3:16am michael king wrote:
I stayed there when I was 7 years old for 10 months. I remember a few nurses sister corbitt was one she mostly worked nights I believe. There was a matron who was Scottish and a young nurse named Ginnie.A sports teacher was named Mr Otter.
On 15 Dec 2017 at 1:52am Lavern Richards wrote:
I remember I satayed there for what seemed like a year. My mum was a Telegraphist for the GPO, now Post Office.
I also remember Sister Corbett and s nurse called Pauline, vaguely remember Ginny.
We used to buy marbles and go for walks near the beach.
I can only remember another child at the time called Jane, she had Eastern European surname.
That was the first time I had spotted dick with custard, and I hated it.
On 23 Oct 2018 at 10:35pm Melanie wrote:
I was there from 1972
On 23 Oct 2018 at 10:44pm Melanie omahony wrote:
I went there aged 9 and it changed my life. Strong memories. Selma ovais, Michael King, Andrew Gallagher. Mr Ottershaw, sister Corbett. What happened to everyone.
On 23 Jan 2019 at 10:37pm Bindu wrote:
My sister and I stayed in York Lodge for approximately 6 weeks between March and May 1966, while our mum was in Benenden Chest Hospital, which was affiliated to the GPO where dad worked. I may have been the youngest there at the time.
I think all the staff were kind, I remember one in particular. I think her name was nurse Lake and she was lovely. There was an older nurse to whom I am grateful for teaching us all table manners by slapping our wrists if we reached across the dinner table. We didn't mind because she did it for our benefit. She'd say "it's rude to stretch across. If you need it, ask for the salt."
Although we missed our mum terribly, they were some of our happiest memories, thanks to the staff and some of the child patients. David Benzie says there was a patient named Lisa White between 1969-70 and yet we had a friend there in 1966 called Lisa White. She had blond hair I think. I think the oldest patient was Jane, who was allowed to help out by giving me a bath. I liked her as she was a quiet and gentle girl. I looked up to her. I also remember Lawrence (Scottish and wore glasses) and his friend Billy. I was scared of them, especially Lawrence so tried to keep out of his way, although I think he was harmless.
We used to be taken for walks and to Woolworths where we spent our pocket money- my favourite purchases were ping pong balls, or rubber bats on elastic. I will never forget my time there. The nurses went above and beyond duty and made us feel special as if we were all family. The house and grounds were lovely and bright overlooking the sea. I'm so glad I found this link- thank you all for sharing your memories.
On 4 Nov 2019 at 9:48pm Tommorris55@hotmail.com wrote:
I was there from September 1969 to April 1970.
I recently found a picture if the Christmas nativity play - I was a shepherd with Colin ironmonger and I think David benzine
I loved my time there and I also played in the football I started - some of the other names I remember were Mary, Karen , Susan Falconbridge, Michael Soar , Lisa white, Alison Wakeford, Billy Henley , Ginnie and Mr Grimes
On 17 Aug 2020 at 11:42am GMcCreesh wrote:
Hi I was at York lodge 1968/69 I remember most of the names mentioned above. On Facebook there is a page called York lodge at the min there are 42 members lots of memories and some pics. I remember you Thomas Morrison weren’t you from Belfast and moved to England?? I will try and add an image

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