St Annes Ormerod and St Mary's Broadstairs

The Ormerod Home - St Anne's on Sea


The Ormerod Home St Anne's on Sea, Lytham

The Ormerod Home  St Anne's when flooded by the North Sea 1952




The Sisters at the Ormerod - Terese, Lila, Cecilia, Ester, Jeanette & Eletta taken 1950's


Lytham St Annes - Jan Hall (daughter in law of the Caretakers Mr & Mrs Hall of The Ormerod) Jan was once a novice at St Annes,  Jan kindly supplied all the photos of the Home

St Mary's Broadstair's

St Mary's Broadstairs, built by the Founder Mother Emily - demolished in the 1960's

Outside The Ormerod Home, St Anne's

St Anne's (The Ormerod Home) Lytham St.Annes


 


41 comments:

  1. The Ormerod home St Anne's was virtually on the seafront - it was a convalescent home for children from the north of England. I spent my early life here until the age of 3. The home was demolished some time ago and I believe there is a plaque now where the Home once stood. The Home was often flooded with the North Sea so near, I do have some photos of this which I will post on here soon.

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    1. lovely photos to preserve the memories. small error though it is the Irish sea.

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  2. Photos of St Anne's now on here as promised. Linda

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  3. Hi. I am not sure if this(ormrod. St Anne's ) was the one. I was in during the 60s.I am from Manchester and was sent to a. convalescent home from the royal Manchester children s hospital. I had the best times (3 times ) I.used to look over the wall to the beach the sand yacht s were lovely to watch and the food and staff we're lovely. I am trying to find photos. Of the home during the 60s(sandie Shaw was singing puppet on a string) help finding some pics would be appreciated .Annette

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  4. Hi Annette, It sounds like it was St Anne's was the one, they all appear to be on the coast, did you recall it being run by Nuns! It was definately a convalescent Home so children did come and go all the time. Do your family have any info for you! I am not sure if your details are logged in the archives at Ham. It might be worth writing to them. The address is St.Michael's convent, 56 Ham Common, Richmond Surrey TW10 7JH. You need to address it for the attention of The Archives, at present there are very little photos of St Anne's unlike St Edith's where the children were there for years. Nice to tell you that you are the first to enquire about St.Anne's, I was there at the age of 2, have no recollection of it though, I was moved to Clevedon eventually.
    Regards Linda.

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  5. Linda, do you have contact info for the archives of St Edith's? Thanks

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  6. Hi Eileah,

    thanks for contacting me. All information is stored at the archives in Ham the HQ.
    The address is St Michael's Convent, 56 Ham Common, Richmond, Surrey.TW10 7JH.
    Also there is the annual old boys & girls party on 13th July at Ham, 2-5 pm, you would be most welcome. Nearest station is Richmond and the 65 bus takes you to Ham Gate. There are a few older Sisters who might be abkle to answer some questions your may have.

    Kind Regards Linda

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  7. Dear Ladies,

    Thank you so much for posting these photo of the children's homes. I would love to have files of these, and any other you have. Yes, these homes were indeed run by nuns, the Order of St. Michael, Community of the Sisters of the Church. My mother was one of them! She started work at the Omerod home in 1951 as a girl of 16, and subsequently became a postulant, and eventually a nun. Although she refrained in the end from taking her final vows, she spent twelve years in all in the convent. Her name was Sister Gwyneth, but she was born Marigold Drabble, known later as Rebecca. She wore the hand-made medieval habit shown in the photo from the fifties, and told many stories of her time at Broadstairs, Clevedon and the Omerod Home,... morning wake-up and cracking the ice on her wash basin, the two habits the sisters owned, made to measure, with the washable sleeves and apron, time spent in the embroidery room and then with the children, sometimes fifteen at a time in her care. Sadly she died in 2006 after a long decline from Fronto tempero dementia. However, she shared many tales with my siblings and me. It's wonderful to hear of people who lived in these places (orphanages and convalescent homes seem so lost in the mists of time here in Toronto). Does anyone remember a Sister Gwyneth? And do you know her Mother Superior, Sister Dorathea, lives still at Ham Common.

    Yours truly,
    Elizabeth Jackson Hall

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    1. Hi Elizabeth,

      I have just read your post on here which I felt quite moved me. I was in the Ormerod Home from 1952 -54, then was moved to Clevedon. I dont have any memory about my time at St Annes. The St Ediths Group came about in 2010, its been amazing the response we have had from it. Most of us hadnt seen each other for 50 years. Most of the group are from St Edith's as it seemed this was the Home that kids stayed until they were ready for the outside world. The other Homes seemed to be Convalescent Homes taking in sick children from deprived living conditions.

      By chance I met a lady 2 years ago who was once a Novice at The Ormerod Home, this lady a retired School Teacher gave me the photos posted on here. I will be seeing her soon as I am sure she will remember your Mother. This lady left the Order some 45 years ago and has never had any contact with the Community, I met her through my retail work, she was overwhelmed to learn that I had been in the Home, apparently her in laws were the Caretakers there, she left the Community to marry their Son.

      I did wonder if anyone would respond to these photos so your message today was most welcome.

      Not sure if you know but there is a Facebook Site called St Edith's Children's Home, we are most welcome to join.

      Sister Dorothea is keeping well and living at Ham, might be best if you write to the Archives at Ham for any information on your Mother, the address is St.Michael's Convent, 56 Ham Common, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 7JH, UK. They might take a while but they will help you.

      Only wish Sister Lydia was still here, she would have remembered your Mother.

      Hope this helps you.

      Kind Regards Linda Rodriguez

      PS Sorry I am anonymous but having problems linking to Google Account.

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  8. can any one please tell me if ormerod home was on todmorden road i was there in the 60s with my sister hope someone can help me with ant information about home thank you

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  9. Hello Jenny. my name is June, i was at the Omerod home in the 60s and i remember it was in clifton drive, some years ago i went to the home out of curiosity only to find it had been demolished, the surrounding wall is still there but there are now homes on the site, I still have a lot of memories of the home even though i was only 7 years old although i went back again when i was 11, I was asthmatic when i was young,I remember nurse rennie, one of the nuns, They were all very nice and looked after us all very well....Regards June.

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  10. its nice to hear from other people who went to ormerods

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    1. i think i was about 8 when i went to st annes carol i am from west midlands

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    2. i worked at Thursby home is that the same one in 1960s

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  11. I was in the omerod in the fifties my name was ann sheila Morgan I was in there with a boy called Michael onions and I remember a novice nun called sister Bernadette

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    1. I believe I went to the Ormerod Home, at the age of about eight or nine, as a result of the Local Authority (Blackpool) having a number of reserved places at this establishment. Homes such as this were built along the sand dunes near Blackpool in order to provide a healthy environment, in which youngsters from the north west could spend their holidays well away from the smoke and grime of the nearby Lancashire cottons towns. In my case, I was the youngest of four children whose father had died just some 5 years earlier. This meant my mother was out working both day and night to make ends meet. I suppose in these days you could say that I was sent for a period of respite. The period seem to last for about 3 to 4 months and stretched over the Christmas period. I remember this well as I had two parts in the Christmas plays the home put on. The first was as John the Baptist in the nativity play and then later, as one of Cindrella's horses in the panto. The days were spent either going for long walks on the beach or playing in the huge indoor playroom. Another vivid memory of Christmas was that we had Christmas pud straight after Christmas lunch and it was far too rich for some of us, so much so that some of us had the runs, better known as the trotts and had to have a second bath that night if you follow my drift. The staff mainly consisted of Anglican Nuns, fron an Order known as The Sisters of The Church and the regular Sunday services in the home's own chapel were responsible for my early grounding in the Christian faith which helped later on. I also remember the Nuns were quite firm as far as discipline went. However, I'm glad to report that I have no lasting nightmares to worry about these days at least. All in all a good safe opportunity to stand on my own feet at least.

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    2. I believe the above events took place round about the early 1950s

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    3. Hi I'm jannette and was at omerod home in 1964 and would like to hear from anyone who would have been there I was 7or 8 I'm now 57 thanks

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    4. Hi Jannette, I too was in the Ormerod Home at St.Annes, I was too young to remember as I was moved to Clevedon when I turned 3. My understanding is that that St Annes was a convalescent home for short stay. Its hard to find many people who knew each other as children would come and go within months. St Ediths at Clevedon and St.Mary's at Broadstairs is where children were sent permanently. Do feel free to join the Facebook Site "St Ediths Childrens Home" you never know whom you might meet, also there are a lot of photos from the past to present day.
      Regards Linda Rodriguez

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    5. I was there early 60s Joyce Harlin Julie Harlin and Derek Harlin,do you remember sister Libby Mary?

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    6. Hi Jannette, I believe I was in there around 1964 aged 8/9.

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  12. Jenny - the Ormerod Home was on the corner of Clifton Drive North and Todmorden Road, St. Annes on Sea.

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  13. Hi, I belive I have just seen a picture of myself on the beach, I am the girl to the right, in the photo with the Me sign above the other girls head,at St Marys, I don't have to many memory's of my time there don't know why I was there memory's I came from the East end my name is Helen don't know if any one would know me

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    1. Hi I saw this photo the other day and I was shocked to see myself on this I am the girl on the right on her own I don't remember much of my stay here but remember the big wooden rocking horse in the foyer I was about 7 when I stayed and now I am 62 my name was Paula

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  14. Hi I went to the Ormerod home for a couple of months when I was 9 in 1967 after my mum passed away as my dad was in wheelchair. I must have enjoyed it so much I went back the following year. The only memory I have is playing on the beach!

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  15. I believe my father may have been at St Mary's Broadstairs and also that his parents had trouble removing him ?
    He was sent for convalescant around the early 1930's.
    I know it was a Catholic home because he says all he learnt whilst there was to say his prayers on his rosary.
    Linda can you shed any light on why children went permanently ? I believe my grandma gad to actually steal him away on a visit.
    Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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  16. I think it's where I went in 1950's having been sent there after diagnosed with tb

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  17. I think it's where I went in 1950's having been sent there after diagnosed with tb

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  18. I have just been reading all the comments and found it really enjoyable. I stayed at Ormerod in the 60's when i was 12. I met a girl age 11 jeannette I think she was called and another girl Vivienne. I remember a little 4 yer old boy who said his name was Stephen pronounced stefan. He was abruptly told his name is Stephen not Stefan. He got so upset and i told him not to waorry I will always call him Stefan. I remember the Nurse Sister Bernadette. She said she was training to become a Nun. There was also Sister Julie or June. she was lovely but due to leave. My age is 60 now so if anyone reads this and remembers myself or others I would love to hear from you. Adrienne

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  19. I stayed when I was about 8 and I am 62 now I don't remember much just the big rocking horse in the entrance . I went back to st Ann's on Saturday just gone to find the site it was on and I think it's a new housing estate now but with the original wall round somebody says there is a plaqe but I couldn't find it

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  20. I was sent there in the late 50’s to convalesce after suffering from pnumonia and pleurisy. I only have two memories sadly, crying my eyes out when my mum and dad left me there, and playing in the sand dunes Iremember vaguely something about a little plane or glider would drop things and we would all try and find it I don’t know why this is still so vivid in my memory or if am imagining it.

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    1. My name for the above is Michael Kerrigan I used to live in Oldham.

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  21. I was sent to st Anne's in the very early 60s at the age of 7/8 years from the Leeds area to recover from rheumatic fever and a patch on my lung the doctor said it would improve my rate of recovery. The only memories I have are also tinged with some sadness I too cried when my parents left but remember being taken by some of the nuns onto the sand dunes where we played for the rest of the afternoon but sadly tears returned at bedtime when whimpering around the dormitory brought back the reality my parents had "abandoned" me.I was only there for two weeks but it seemed a lifetime. Unfortunately I cannot remember any names of the nuns or other children but the sinister appearance of the red brick buildings and how the sand came up to the rear gate are still a vivid memory as was being asked what faith I was on the Sunday morning so the nuns could ensure which service I should attend as I didn't know at that time I was corralled into the group who stayed in the home and so went to the chapel there. I too have been back to see the building in the early 80s and am now sad to hear it has been demolished to make way for a new housing complex if any one has any photos of the home I would love to see them.

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  22. I also was sent there from the Royal Hospital Manchester 58/59 along with my sisters . Was a very frightening experience for me I was sent there because my lungs collapsed and I was in an iron lungs for months they also thought I had TB. I remember playing on the sand and searching for large shells , also when we went for walks we all wore dark coats doubled buttoned and walked two by two . We could see the Blackpool lights from the top of the building.

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  23. Hi
    I’m not sure if I was at any of theses houses but...
    I went to a convalescent /holiday home in st Anne’s on sea, in early 1966 with my twin brother, we were 4 yrs. my mother was recovering from her 9 th pregnancy and delivery. We came from Leeds and we were catholic’s. My siblings went to Silver-dale.
    My limited and perhaps confused memories are of a big house, there was a room with a big piano I think it might have been a big dark,shiny table, on the going home day there were toys on top we could choose to take home . On the first day we stood in line and undressed to be examined by a doctor. There were nurses there, I remember them at dinner time and perhaps at night time but don’t remember nuns. We slept in a large dormitory which was scary as a bigger boy was shouting and screaming. We were taken to the beach in push chairs by women or perhaps ‘big’ girls. The beach had black bits, perhaps coal or burned pieces of wood. At the cold, windy beach, boys could have orange juice and a biscuit, girls had to have milk and a biscuit- I was furious my brother got something better than me. We travelled to the home from Leeds in an ambulance but perhaps just part of the way. We were there for two weeks but it could have been longer. I would love to know where this house was and other people’s memories of it.
    Catherine

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  24. Hi
    I’m not sure if I was at any of these houses but...
    I went to a convalescent /holiday home in St Anne’s on sea in early 1966 with my twin brother, we were 4 yrs old. my mother was recovering from her 9 th pregnancy and delivery. We came from Leeds and we were catholic’s. My siblings went to Silver-dale.
    My limited and perhaps confused memories are of a big house, there was a room with a big piano I think, or it might have been a big dark, shiny table; on the going home day there were toys on top, we could choose some to take home . On the first day we stood in line and undressed to be examined by a doctor. There were nurses there and I remember them at dinner time and perhaps at night time, but I don’t remember nuns. We slept in a large dormitory which was scary as a bigger boy was shouting and screaming. We were taken to the beach in push chairs by women or perhaps ‘big’ girls. The beach had black bits, perhaps coal or burned pieces of wood. At the cold, windy beach, boys could have orange juice and a biscuit, girls had to have milk and a biscuit- I was furious my brother got something better than me. We travelled to the home from Leeds in an ambulance but perhaps just for part of the way. We were there for two weeks but it could have been longer. I would love to know where this house was and other people’s memories of it.

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  25. I think I was at Ormerod in around 1960, I would have been about 7. I think I was sent as i wasn't thriving,and also to give mum a rest (single mum with 5 kids).I remember being taken by my Grandfather by train,(that must have been hard for him) and crying all the first night in the dormitory. It was run by nuns , with some nurse help.We were taken out to town for walks, but the most vivid memory is of the sand yachts which ran on the beach just the other side of the wall.Nuns were quite strict, but if we had money sent by postal order, we could shop for sweets in the playroom once a week.Remember going into the basement when I was going home to pick up my things, and the smell of dust.I was There about 3 or 4 months I think.Think there was an older girl who took a shine to me , and gave me a very large stick of rock when I left.Went home with sun tan and bleached hair.Overall sad memories, but do think about it occasionally. hence this post.

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  26. I was at Omerod in the mid sixtys I was about 7years old, I was there for afew weeks while my mum was converlessing.

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  27. I think I was hear in 1964 with my two brothers I remember nuns and the beach and crying all the time for my mum who got married and went on her honeymoon,I remember how scary it was I wish I could confirm this but I believe they is no records

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  28. I’m trying to track down the children’s home my mother was sent to following the death of her father. I remember her telling me you got one set off clothes for the week but if they didn’t have enough you had to wear your clothes for a second. Definitely a place run by nuns, this would be 1950. She died 29 years ago so I can’t ask her any more questions.

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  29. I think this may be the home I was in about 1963/4, aged 8 or 9. I was sent to convalesce for a month after having yellow jaundice. I am from York.
    All I can remember is it was St Anne’s and was run by Nuns. Also I cried constantly to come home. I also wrote home saying I was unhappy and wanted to come home but I seem to remember the letter was censored and didn’t get sent.

    If anyone has any memories of that time I’d love to hear them.

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