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.