Whils`t looking through some very old documents,
I came across a copy of the 1945 Electors Roll.
This revealed a list of 25 of ladies names, who were resident at the Hall
at that time
This raised the question, what were they doing there ?
The local Womens Institute for their New
Years Party in 1942, record they invited billeted soldiers, evacuees and
the nursing staff from Smallbridge Hall
An advertismnent in the Bury Free Press
dated November 1940, revealed that Smallbridge was being used as a Retirement
Home, as they were advertising for Staff.
So far research has been unable to accuratly determine, the date it opened
and subsequently closed.
However, we do know that Smallbridge was under new management by 1947.
|Francis Susan Ayton (1)
||Vera Chatar (3)
||Isabella Bowman (5)
|Gertrude Faithfull (4)
|Ethel Currie Legge
||Marion Agnes Robinson
|Kate Saven (6)
||Miriam Smith Spriggs
From a Search of the Internet, it
was possible to locate information on six of these ladies.
(1) Francis Dorcas Ayton b1861- d 1948
Sister at the Workhouse Infirmary Birmingham 1901 - 1911
Francis d1948, so she would have been 84 whils`t at Smallbridge
could be possibly Miss Alice Maud Bowers of The Green, Bures
who died at Walnuttree Hospital in Sudbury 8 Jan 1951.
(3)Vera Chater b1881
Sister at Sudbury, Bell Vue Red Cross Hospital,
(4.1.1916-14.7.1917 & 19.1.1918-7.7.1919)
Vera would have been
only 65 in 1945, possibly too young to be in care.
I may be conceivable, that she was still carrying out
her Nursing duties at that time.
War British Home Hospitals
Faithfull "widow of 4 Hilary Road, Acton" ...
died at the Hall on 11 Oct 1946.
Nee Green, she married James Smith Faithfull at All Saints,
Clapham Park on 16 April 1885.
that name appears as a Nursing Sister in Egypt during WW1
possibly Kate Elizabeth Saven who actually died at the Hall
on 19 Nov 1945 Born 1870, buried Stebbing Chapel Cemetery
Research by Alan Beales
Acknowledgement to Heather Johnson for supplying additional information
on the residents
Nurses invite:- "Bures, During the
Second World War" publication