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April to June 2024

This is the website of the world famous Brocket Babies.

The website has been running for over 15 years, and over that time we have found over 1,400 people who were born in the safety of Brocket Hall from 1939 to 1949 and have been able to share many of their stories.

Thank you for all your support.

8,338 Brocket Babies were born within the safety of the walls of Brocket Hall, and in the peace of the countryside, over several years of running the Brocket Babies website we have been able to establish contact with many of those Brocket Babies spread over more than 30 countries around the world.  We have also been able to put babies in contact with each other and in some cases have been able to sensitively reconnect some family members.

Brocket Hall was used by the City of London Maternity Hospital before and after the destruction of the in patient section of that hospital in London EC1 by enemy action.

This website was created in 2008 to allow those who were born, gave birth, or who worked at Brocket Hall to share and read events of those times, to make contact with each other, and to share stories passed on to them by their families.  Whilst many babies have always known they were born at Brocket Hall there are many who were born in Brocket Hall and were subsequently adopted and only found they are one of the World Famous Brocket Babies when they obtained their original birth certificates.

If you are a Brocket Baby, a mother of a Brocket Baby, or worked at Brocket Hall at that time we would love to hear from you.  If you send us your name and date of birth at Brocket Hall we can send you the access passwords for the protected pages.  If you would prefer to just send us any stories or answer any of the questions on the website then please feel free to contact us.

There are some gifts for those who like something tangible to mark their place of birth, and they also make good presents.

Please email us at david@brocketbabies.org.uk to make contact, and let us know if you are content for us to add you to the list of Babies, Mothers, or Staff.

No emails? If you change your email address please let us know.  We often receive "User Unknown" replies from mail servers.  Just email us at david@brocketbabies.org.uk to let us have your new address.

There are no fees involved and the site is free of advertisements, Rosemary and I cover all the costs.

News

  1. Welcome - Welcome to another 20 Brocket Baby arrivals last quarter including babies from USA, Australia, France, and UK, this now brings the total number of Brocket Babies on our list to 1,468 from 32 countries across the world.

  2. Stories - There are three new stories this quarter, to see them click here Brocket Babies New Stories

  3. All recently recorded Brocket Babies - Could you please check the accuracy and completeness of your records on the website.

  4. If you have lost your logon details please contact us at david@brocketbabies.org.uk

Brocket Baby Website History

We started creating the Brocket Baby records in January 2008 hoping to make contact with a dozen or so others to swap a few stories, by May 2009 we had made contact with 100 Brocket Babies and were so pleased to have so many stories shared and Brocket Babies making contact.  Since then we have just kept going.  Website search engines keep highlighting our website, Brocket Hall have organised Brocket Baby Days, the local and national press have printed stories about Brocket Hall and the Brocket Babies, I made a live broadcast on Australian Radio in 2011, and in 2015 we had press coverage of one of the midwives, then aged 101, who delivered hundreds if not thousands of Brocket Babies, and there is now a book "Our Uninvited Guests" by Julie Summers with a chapter on Brocket Hall and the Brocket Babies.

We would like to thank every one of you for providing information about yourself and for the many stories and pictures, the information you have given has made this website a real help for many who were born or had babies at Brocket Hall.  Without your contributions this could never have happened.

We really hope you find this project of interest and always enjoy meeting as many as possible at the Brocket Baby Days we are able to attend.

Notes

Note 1: If you have contacted us but do not receive our quarterly emails would you please send in your current email address so we can update our records.

Note 2: Brocket Babies also has a Facebook page here, however, please email us in the first instance rather than place messages there for us.

Note 3: If you are planning a trip overseas near one of the Brocket Babies you might like to drop in.  Quite a few have said they would like to meet up with other Brocket Babies.

Note 4: Please note the dates of Brocket Babies and Mothers found in the last quarter are highlighted in red on the Baby and Mother Lists.