Building Bexhill Hospital
posted by Rod Clifton on 29 Oct 2011 at 10:59 pm
I'm told my grandad Albert Cooper was involved in the building of Bexhill Hospital in the 1930s, he was a joiner, anyone have any history of this?
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posted by Bernie Randall on 29 May 2012 at 6:00 pm
I would presume now that a lot of craftsmen who were involved in the building of the hospital have now passed away. My father was the gardener at the hospital. He was taken on around the late 1940's having been trained and worked under Mr Lingham late of Little Common at the convalescent home. He later moved to the old town convelescent home and from there to the Bexhill hospital. He retired in 1979 after having turned down the job of Hastings Hospital Group head gardener. They moved in gang mowers and dug up all borders. Now they dont even look after the trees. I spent a lot of time helping or hindering my dad in the hospital grounds which where an absolute picture. he would turn in his grave to see the awful state of the place now.
posted by Rod Clifton on 28 Jun 2012 at 10:51 pm
Hi Bernie,I understand your comments, but it's a different world we live in. I would just like to learn more about my grandfather.
posted by dave on 16 Sept 2012 at 11:52 pm
My dad was a porter at the hospital for many years he helped out in the gardens too, last time I visited there I remember thinking Matron would go nuts if she could see it today, It was built and run in a time when people really did give a dam, and unfortunately now its all about making a profit,
Rod if your dad was involved in building the hospital he did a good job because its was a fine building in its day.
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