Hertfordshire Convalescent Home
At a public meeting held at Shire Hall, Hertford on 13 January 1875, the Reverend F Burnside (Rector of Hertingfordbury) presented a scheme that would provide a convalescent home for the poor of the county.
On Thursday 28 Oct 1880 the Hertfordshire Seaside Convalescent Home on West Hill Road was formally opened by Her Royal Highness Princess Christian, the opening ceremony including prayers led by the Bishop of St Albans and a musical performance by the band of the 17th Lancers. The money for the scheme had been provided by voluntary subscriptions by the people of Hertfordshire.
The home received people for periods of convalescence and recuperative holidays. It was a non-profit making charity run by a voluntary committee and was never part of the National Health Service.
In 1982 the home was sold and the money remaining was invested and used to send convalescents to appropriate surroundings under the Hertfordshire Convalescent Trust.
References & Notes
- British Newspaper Archive Hastings & St. Leonards Observer 18 September 1880 Pg. 0007