Sunday, 14 October 2012

Liveing and learning

 When the place first opened the nurses used to live on site in the wards along with the patents, they used to only get a half day off each week and if you ever wondered where on the ward they lived it would have been in a room like this which as you can see is not very big and most likely cold though this one looks like it has a fireplace which has been blocked up.
In a previous blog called the OT the first photo was taken from the kitchen window of Yattenton Ward this was the bedroom of Mrs Brewerton when she was a young nurse the photo was taken in 1951.  When the nurses got married there were houses in Cholsey where they could live like along the Reading road
 and Papist way. As the place got bigger and the rooms needed accommodation was found elsewhere and properties bought up for staff use. There were three large houses locally which were used. Chalmore in Wallingford. I remember going to a party here back in the 1970's only the next day for my Dad to pull me aside and ask if I was there, when I replied yes he told me a quantity of drugs had been handed into the police. I told him I never saw anything, but my mate said after didn't I smell the dope.
Must admit I never did.

  White Cross in Winterbrook, this was at the bottom of the Wallingford Road and the junction was known as white cross. The place was an hotel but during the war was used as a convalescent home for wounded forces personnel. Berkshire heath  authority hung on to it and it became a nurses home.

The other place  Bucklands is now a children's nursery.

Some of the single nurses also lived in accommodation which was on site, I remember visiting one and the loom they lived was quite small with just a single bed a wardrobe chair and basin for washing, the bathroom and kitchen was shared with the others living there.

 This was I sure the male block

This was most likely used as a female block.

  Doctors were provided with their own places as well and there were a couple of sets of semi's set aside for them.

This is one of them which was empty at the time the photo was taken and later sold off. The other pair were knocked into one to provide care in the community for some of the remaining Fairmile patients.
This was one of the plusher places which was built on site (the old football pitch) and was most likely for one of the higher up doctors or superintendent. It was later used for a children's nursery before the place closed.

 Other places on site were the two houses by the main gate.

 And another pair by the farm entrance

During the 1960's it was realised that more local houseing was needed and so Celsea place was built and it provided more up to date accommodation for many staff who were even given their own allotment gardens along Papist way. These were sold off and Weedon Close was built there in the 1990's

 There was another place which was used and that was Moulsford Manor, it used to be used as the school to teach student nurses and no doubt people stayed there though not like the staff houses

Some of the students being taught

 Some practical lessons going on here

And relaxing in one of the lounge areas at the manor

 Moulsford manor was used in the second world war by none other than Sir Winston Churchill who used to come here to get away from it all, I can see why from the photo I took from the other side of the river.
Towards the end of Fairmiles time the place was sold off and Kevin Maxwell bought the place though I could not tell you if he still lives there or who does. Some history of the place can be read here. Moulsford Manor

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