The Brocket Babies

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January to March 2020

This is the website of the world famous Brocket Babies.

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 over 1,000 of those Brocket Babies spread over 25+ 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 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 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 no fees involved and the site is free of advertisements, we cover all the domain registration, web hosting, and website update costs ourselves.  There are a few quality gifts for those who like something tangible to mark their place of birth.

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.

News

  1. Welcome - Welcome to another 30 Brocket Baby arrivals last quarter (October, November, and December 2019) including our 11th Brocket Baby now living in Scotland.  This now brings the total across the world to 1,266.

  2. Christmas Brocket Baby Day - This was another successful Brocket Baby event and seems to be becoming a regular fixture.  Besides all the usual Brocket Baby Day access and events, the Christmas events add a few seasonal extras to celebrate Christmas.

  3. Hertfordshire Life - Some of the press noted 2019 was the 80th year since the first Brocket Baby was born and Hertfordshire Life contacted Rosemary for an article in their November issue which is here.

  4. Stories - The latest stories are on the Latest Stories page for you here.  This quarter there is also a story from one of the staff at the time.

  5. All new Brocket Babies - Could you please check the accuracy and completeness of your records on the website.

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

In the beginning - 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, 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 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.

 

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 the records.

Note 2: Brocket Babies also has a Facebook page here, however, it is not regularly monitored so please email us 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 new Brocket Babies and Mothers are highlighted in red on the Baby and Mother Lists each quarter.