NCH Alverstoke Memories and Photos
Memories of Cecilia Perfitt’s Mother of NCH Alverstoke
Memories of Sandra Meacock
I noticed you had all about the Children’s Home at Alverstoke. I was there in the late 1940’s probably ‘47/49’, I lived at Clayhall and attended the Children’s Home school. I have enclosed a photo that I recently found taken there, some of the children were from private homes but the majority were living in the Children’s Home, perhaps someone might even recognize themselves. Sandra Meacock. (Added 6th May 2007)
Memories of Richard G Miller
I was a resident at the National Chlidren’s Home in Alverstoke near Gosport, with my brother Julian from 1956 untill 1962. I was born in 1951 and my brother was born in 1955. I attended the primary school in Stone Lane Gosport during this time. I am keen to get in touch by email with anyone who was at either of these two places in the 50’s to swop memories and if possible obtain photos.
I believe the person in overall charge at the Childrens Home was a Mr. T. H. Thomas. I was in a House run by “Sister” Gertrude. I believe her surname was Stephenson. The house in the Children’s Home I lived in was Stephenson “B”. To begin with my brother was in Anglesey Lodge until he was old enough (aged 2 I believe) to come and live in the same house as me.
My memories of the Children’s Home include the freedom we had to wander around the local countryside, running after the bakers van which used to deliver and the smell of fresh baked bread. We used to buy day old cakes from the breadman. I also remember a Santa arriving on a horse drawn sleigh! and waking up on Christmas morning to a pillowcase of toys etc at the end of my bed. I remember I slept in a small dormitory possibly 6 – 10 boys there were girls in the house but they had their own bedroom. I
believe the boys bedroom was on the ground floor. I remember watching The Lone Ranger on a black and white TV, and The Sunshine Club arriving with Movies to show us all.
I have many other memories of the Home but I can’t rember any of the other children who went to it. I do have one photo only of a number of children, including myself, taken within the grounds of the Home. Richard G Miller.
Memories of Sheila Freeman
– As a direct response from the Gosport website, I received an email from an old NCH boy. It turned out that we were in the Children’s Home the same time, but in different houses. The old memories came flooding back and we were soon recalling old times.
Our Open Days during the summer, when the home was opened to the general public. All the children were involved in setting up stalls, marking out bowls pitches and decorating the grounds ready for visitors. Christmas Parties the Royal Navy used to give us on board various ships. They entertained and treated us like celebrities. Saturday pictures at the Ritz in Gosport. The first film I remembered was Reach for the Sky which stared Kenneth Moore. He came to the Children’s Home not long after making this film.
The email came with the attached photograph below of the May Fair. I remember dancing round a maypole and making daisy chains to wear around our neck, aged about six. Imagine my surprise, when I found myself on one knee at the front (4th from the right). To see this picture after all these years, made me feel quite emotional. For many children, including myself, this was home. Sheila Freeman
Memories of Lorrell of Canada
I am so excited to find the national children’s home, on you’re site. my gosh… I was in the home from 1963-66. I went in as an infant under the care of Sister Olive Bell, at nine months, I was transferred to Sister Ivy Bell, who later became my mother. I have so many fond memories, and still keep in contact with my best friends from there, Ann Millard. who now lives in Portsmouth. she came to see me actually , in 2001, 37yrs. since I’d seen her last.. amazing really. Please, if you have any photo’s in you archives, I’d love to see them. I also have old photos of Sunshine House, Little Church, and some other houses on the site. thank you so much. Lorrell. p.s. Could you please let me know if there is someone I can contact, to see if I can get addresses of other children I remember from that time. Thank you. Lorrell (Canada)
Jane Belcher for Information about Mothers stay 1913 on
Memories of Michael Dove
I entered the N.C.H in November 1959 I remember that day, I was driven down from London to Alverstoke with my two sisters and older brother. We had earlier said goodbye to our mother who could not come with us as she was to ill to travel. We did not know then that would be the last time we would see her. We drove into the grounds of Alverstoke to be greeted by the two big trees looking menacingly down at us outside the admin block, Atkinson House. we were then taken inside to have our admission processed by Mr Thomas, the four of us were then taken over to Stevenson B house under the care of Sister Gertrude. I do not remember my Christmas. but the New Year is a different story. The four of us were taken into sister Gertrudes room to hear the news no child wants to hear, our mother had passed away (the worse day of my life). I knew then I was in for the long haul, after a couple of weeks things started to get back to normal well as normal as a seven year old can make it. I was introduced to a married couple from Portsmouth who took me out for the day they must have liked me because I soon staying at their home most weekends, this went on for about a year until they had their own baby. I did go a few times after that then it suddenly stopped, my sell by date had expired, so I done the thing any misguided kid would do I joined our church choir. There was good times and they out weighed the bad ones. I had a brief spell outside the home for about a year, but returned (my own choice) I was then placed in Cranliegh House with sister Myra in 1964, there I stayed until I left in July 1967, I returned to London to start my working life. I had many good times in my Two Spells at Alverstoke, my main friends were Richard Thomas, George Dodd, Peter Keane, Michael Mckee,& Tony Bennets does any one remember these boys. Dovey (Micheal Dove) (Added 3rd June 2007)
Peter Keogh NCH Alverstoke 1940’s
I was a resident of Gosport from 1940-1948 when I was sent to NCH at Alverstoke. In 1951 I was sent to Australia as a child migrant. I still have recollections of Gosport/Alverstoke after so many years and would relate them if anyone was interested. – Yes please, please send to me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you Ian
D W Burgess Information on Chadwick House NCH Alverstoke
I live in one of the houses which was part of the Home from 1901. ie CHADWICK House, no 14 St Marks Road. I am trying to trace the history of this house do you have any contacts that could help me. Do have a copy of an old photo of 1901 showing the children outside the house when it was a hospital Does anybody know where the name Chadwick House came from D W Burgess
Lynda NCH Alverstoke 1983/84 (when closed)
I was in the children’s home in 1983 until it closed in 1984. I had some great times there and it was such a shame that it closed. I would be fascinated to learn more of how it used to be many years ago.
Lynne For Information Wakefield House NCH Alverstoke
I am wondering if you have any information about Wakefiled House in Stokes Bay? My sister was stationed there, whilst she was in the WRENS during WWII. I understand it became a children’s home and has since been demolished. A picture as it used to be and any history of its wartime use would be much appreciated for a special display her family is putting together to celebrate her 80th birthday.
Sue’s Father NCH Alverstoke 1917
My father was in the National Children’s Home Alverstoke in 1917 having been sent by St Columb Major Union. He was later moved to NCH Alexandra Road, Farnborough, where he stayed until 1927. I have been fortunate to obtain all his records from that time. Would you have any idea if there are any records available for 1917 Alverstoke and if so where do I look ?
Hi I saw your email in an article Gosport’s history and some thing Brian Coates written about Stokesmead Alverstoke NCH… I was at Stokesmead 1971 to 79 . I would like to trace images etc as I have been thinking and wanted find the routes to tracing my history under my maiden name. Not sure how old this article is but im sure its open to the ex children of Stokesmead.