Langdon Hills Nursing Home

Sissinghurst and Lyndhurst

These excellent photographs of Sissinghurst and Lyndhurst have been contributed by David Osborne. David was born in Sissinghurst in 1951 and was a resident, having been cared for by the daughters of the Young family who ran the nursing home, until 1967 when he moved to London.  David believes that he may have been the last baby to be born there.

Sissinghurst and Lyndhurst stood on the east side of High Road, Langdon Hills, not far from Langdon Hills Primary School.   David thinks the houses may have been built around 1903.  The 1911 Census shows the family living in Lyndhurst and states that the youngest daughter Ivy Winifred Young was born in Langdon Hills 1904.  This would bear out the approximate time the house was built.

David mentions that Lyndhurst was once Sissinghurst and vice versa. Given time he hopes to be able to identify when the name change took place and why.  However, it’s suspected it came about following the death of Mrs M Young in 1936, her husband, Mr H C Young, having predeceased her in 1931.

The daughters retired in the late fifties and unfortunately all the records of the nursing home were destroyed. However, they didn’t move from the area immediately as the 1962 Electoral Registers show Daisy and Lily Young still living in Sissinghurst and the two youngest daughters, Rose and Ivy living in Lyndhurst.

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  • Hi,
    I was very pleased to see your article on Sissinghurst nursing home and to read the comments.
    My mother was born here too in 1951 and we think fostered by the young sisters for a while. I wondered if you could put me in touch with Betty Telford or any of the other commenters? As I would love to see photos of the Young sisters and know if the family have any more information.

    Kindest regards

    By Alexandra King (04/03/2023)
  • I have just been sorting through family papers and found the Langdon Hills (Sissinghurst) Nursing Home receipt. I was born there on 23 August 1946 – my mother’s firstborn. The NH receipt is for 13 guineas (£13 – 13shillings) and the doctor’s receipt £5.00!

    By Teresa Baddeley (nee Ellis) (09/11/2019)
  • I found this article very interesting, as I was born
    At Sissinghurst nursing home in 1955 , maybe I was
    The last to be born there ? . I’m trying to do some
    research into my family tree as both my parents have now passed away, it’s very difficult to get answers to my questions . One that has always interested me in this is the fact I was born in a nursing home when most parents had their babies in a hospital , could anyone give me information on how you were to have your baby there and what was the cost ?
    Many thanks for sharing this David .
    Angela Bonning
    Orsett Essex .

    By Angela Bonning Lenz. (23/08/2018)
  • Thank you to you and David for this. I believe I first visited the house with my parents pre World War 2 when I was a small child (born 1933) : I did again when I was a teenager, taken there by my cousin Eric Greenaway (who was older than me). Eric’s younger brother Kenneth Greenaway lived there from when he was a small child and he and David became great friends although I never knew about that until I got in contact with David via Laindon web site. Jonas Karl Jung (Young) was my greatgrandfather and his first wife Anne Margaret (Hahn) born London was the greatgrandmother of Eric, Kenneth and myself but she died young and Jonas/James re-married M M Polenski (also born London). My father sadly did not keep in touch with his Aunts but his nephew Kenneth was very supportive of them even after they moved to Cornwall – I believe the Langdon Hills houses were demolished for a large Council rehousing plan locally. Strangely, as fate has it, I never met David although I visited Langdon Hills and Cornwall – latterly with my husband Ian and my sister Margaret (Woodrow) who lives in Brittany.
    I was so very pleased when at Christmas 2017 my other sister Eileen, her husband Mike, my husband Ian and I met David at the Greyhound Hotel, Carshalton, Surrey and we have been able to piece together parts of the family story. The children the Aunts looked after because of illness/death of their parents (as in the case of Eric and Kenneth) or when parents were working overseas, seem to have spread over our world and it is a joy to be be part of a link in the long chain of Langdon Hills Nursing Home.

    By Betty Telford (06/05/2018)

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