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From Doreen Glover - from notes handed over at the Brocket Baby Day - 24 August 2009
Was It a Dream?
It was about 2am on 7th November 1949 that I was helped up the grand staircase by ambulance men to the delivery room where my son Brian was born. For the first couple of days I thought I had dreamed of my grand entrance, but the nurse assured me I wasn't dreaming.
I spent about two weeks in a room with a couple of other mums. It was quite a busy time for the nurses and tiring for the mums. We were confined to bed for 8 days in those times before we were allowed to put a foot out of bed. We had blanket baths daily, bed pans when wanted, and were sponged down with Detol water.
We read, knitted, and slept daily between feeding babies. I was very lucky as my bed was close to a window where I could look out on the cold frosty mornings across the vast grounds and see birds and rabbits.
Towards the end of my stay at Brocket Hall, I believe it was Lord Brocket who came round to wish us all the best for the future. He asked if we had had a look round, and if not, to take the opportunity to look in at the hand painted Chinese Room. I did and it was spectacular. On the way out walking down the staircase it was just as I remembered.
Trying to Get Back
For several years I still had that wonderful memory of Brocket Hall and thinking how lucky I was that my son was born in such a beautiful place. I was telling a friend how I would love to visit and she suggested I write. I did several times but had no reply. I had moved several times and if they did answer it was never forwarded to me.
In 1959 we rented our first television set and it was then I saw Jimmy Saville on Jim'll Fix It. I wrote several times but again, no answer.
A Dream Come True
In 2004 I was reminiscing to a friend and they looked up the telephone number of Brocket Hall for me. I rang and was told they hold a Brocket Baby Day yearly. Of course I was over the moon that there was one being held that September, I booked four tickets.
I can't describe what I felt walking with my son into that wonderful Hall and seeing that staircase again after 55 years. I was quite emotional. After a short speech and a glass of wine we all wandered around the house. The Peacock Room was just as I remembered it. It was a very nice warm sunny day, we had a lovely meal outside under a large umbrella, and drink was served by waiters. We had a nice walk around the grounds, it was a very memorable and pleasant day. Of a Dream Come True.
60 Years On
I am now going to spend my second visit to Brocket Hall on the 24th August 2009 to celebrate my son's 60th birthday and I am sure it will be as exciting as the first.