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80 YEARS: Berkhamsted event aims to reunite wartime babies born in stately home

Vaseline 2 months ago

A stately home on the edge of Berkhamsted wants to host a special reunion for babies born there during the Second World War.

Ashridge House, now a popular events venue, was requisitioned in the 1940s as an extension of the emergency wing of London’s Charing Cross Hospital.

The house was chosen because of the relative safety of its rural location compared to London, which was regularly hit by bombs. During the war, more than 27,000 patients were treated at Ashridge and 2,700 people were born in the maternity ward.

Now, 80 years later, Ashridge House wants to remember the staff and mothers of the hospital and hopes to reunite the babies born there for a special event this summer.

Lucy Le Gassicke, sales and marketing director at Ashridge House, said: “We want to hear the untold stories of the babies born in the house during the war, and are looking for those babies or their families, children or grandchildren to get in touch with us.

“We would love for them to join us for a special occasion this summer to celebrate such an important part of our history and the country’s history at Ashridge House. We ask them to contact us in any way possible.”

To contact us call 01442 841134 or email [email protected]

You can also get in touch via Ashridge House social media or by writing to Kathryn Waller, Ashridge House, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 1NS.

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