Aston Grays, (Knole Road, Boscombe) has had several different uses during it's history. I had not myself heard of or come across any reference to this place until receiving several emails from people who, in trying to discover their own past, have looked for details of Aston Grays, particularly in it's time as a maternity home.
My initial search for information told me that as well as being a maternity hospital, Aston Grays was used as a hospital for wounded Belgian soldiers, and also in it's last years it was a nursing home for the elderly.
To help a few of the visitors to my website find a little more about their own personal history I would love to hear from anyone who has anything on this subject. And of course if anyone has any photographs or any other images I can use I would be particularly pleased to hear from you!
Many thanks to those who have already contibuted to this page!
From Jean B. 6th May 2015
From Averil K. 17th Mar 2015
From Trish S. 24th Feb 2014
My eldest son was born at Aston Grays Maternity Home in October 1969. Still have the booklet that was given to me before going in there to have my son.
See attached images for further information.
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From Colin W. 15th Jan 2014
From Jeff A. 16th Oct 2013
I came across your web page when I did a search for Aston Grays maternity home 23 Knole Road Bournemouth. I cannot add much to the information that you already have, but I was born there in 1946 And my Mother used to tell me that she was happy to be there for her confinement with me and the family GP would oversee the patients along with the resident midwives.
From Bill. 10th Sep 2012
Re: Aston Grays, Maternity Home, 23 Knole Road, Bournemouth. I was born there in 1963 and my brother in 1965. As far as I can ascertain, it was staffed my midwives at that time and the patient's own GP was called in to manage the birth.
From Stephanie V. 19th Oct 2012
Yes, it was a maternity home. I had my son and daughter there in 1967 and 1969. Eventually, it was pulled down and flats built, but I do not know if it was an elderly people's home or not.
It was lovely there, but of course in that day, we said goodbye to our husbands at the front door and did not see him until after the baby was born at visiting time.
The babies were taken from us and given to us just for feeding times. There was a matron in charge, but all in all, the care was good. We had to stay in for 10 days and everyday we had to have a sleep on our stomachs. It consisted of two buildings. One for administration and one for the maternity. Sad to see it go.