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On this page we list questions from babies, mothers, and staff for others to answer if they can.  Please feel free to email us questions and answers.

When answered the information is moved to the Facts page.


Q.  As the NHS is only 70 years old in 2018, would my father have had to pay when I was born at Brocket Hall in 1946 and if so was there a set fee for a birth.

Q.  A Brocket Baby was her asking mum about her experiences at Brocket Hall. She said mums to be didn't go straight into the hall, they spent time at The Lodge. Only going to the Hall when the baby was imminent. Do you know where or what The Lodge is?  Mum says it was beautiful and about a mile from the Hall.  Mums to be weren't allowed to walk but were taken by car or ambulance up the drive.

The second query is she recalls going along with a group of expectant mums to the cinema.  She mentions crossing fields to get there.  We live in Welwyn Garden City and can't think of which cinema she is talking about.  This would be in 1949.  Was there a cinema in Welwyn?  Lemsford?  There was one in WGC but that would've been quite a hike.

Q.  Does anyone know of someone named Amy Nockels in 1947?

Q.  Does anyone remember a young girl called Dorothy Dean who gave birth to a daughter on January 2nd. 1943. She named the baby girl Susan. Dorothy is presumed to be an unmarried mother so would have been in Lemsford Hall. Susan was adopted in June 1943.

Q.  Does anyone know of someone whose name sounds like "Monday" in connection with Brocket Hall, maybe in 1949?

Q.  There was a bomb blast at Brocket Hall in 1940 - does anyone have any information they can offer on the topic?

Q.  Were any babies born at Brocket Hall as a result of the Royal Army Medical Corp being at Hatfield House at that time?

Q.  Does anyone remember a member of staff with the Christian name of Jean?

Q.  Does anyone know the whereabouts of Sister H Haynes who worked at Brocket Hall in 1942?

Q.  A bit of a long shot, but someone is trying to find a lady member of staff at Brocket Hall whose home address was a farm in Corbridge upon Tyne.

Q. "Desperately Seeking Susan" Susan Groupman born 30th March 1947 in Brocket Hall, but subsequently adopted. Your biological relatives would like to make contact, David.  Please contact