All smiles at Himley's Limes sanatorium

Oct 29, 2009 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Black Country Bugle

WE'VE had some wonderful responses to Victoria Dallow's recent request for more information on the Himley sanatorium which she and her sister Bridget spent time in during the nineteen-fifties. Many readers knew of The Limes, and told us that it was in Himley village, but we've now been contacted by Mrs Myra Astley, nee Evans, who was a patient ...

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Dorothy Lloyd

Wolverhampton, UK

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Dec 27, 2009
 
I was a patient at the Limes in 1960, i was ten years old ,my brother Steve was three years old, he stayed in the house, istopped in the pavillion i remember going to the school every day, we were there for seven months.
sally brindley

Bilston, UK

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Feb 26, 2010
 
i was a patient at limes ,1958 i was in the pavillion for 15 months only allowed 2 visits a week 1hour wed and sunday,not allowed out of bed till you gained strength progressing from 1 hour to six hours a day .iremember sister stewart, nurse terry,who left to marry asailor called frank and went to live in malta,still got the letters she sent me after she left.
alan edge wolverhampton

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Apr 21, 2010
 
i was a patient 1955 to 56 11 months in the main school in the grounds table tennis tea trays baskets macking i was dripping moneter on sundays 2 sisters jean & rita long .i have been trying to trace to say hope you are fine i imagin you to be married aprox 60 to 65 hope someone reads this pleas email or phone if you see this alan
janet binfield nee baker

Bridgwater, UK

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May 10, 2010
 
i was in the limes in the early 50s, i remember having to sleep outside we called it the veranda, i remember when we were well enough we went to school, i also remember there being peacocks there and a donkey, i remember sister berry, who was very strict and sister paddy who we all loved. when my son was ill in the 70s and spent some time in dudley guest hospital sister paddy was sister there in the childrens ward
Olwen Small

Tipton, UK

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Sep 3, 2010
 
I was a patient in the Limes in 1958. I was 7 years old at the time and I was there for 8 months, I can clearly remember being wheeled outside in my bed and being terrified of the peacocks, as I had never seen one before also I remember Terry Hall coming to give us a show and I was one of the children who had their photograph taken with him presenting us with a huge easter egg, I have sadly lost the photograph
Olwen Small

Tipton, UK

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Sep 3, 2010
 
Terry hall and Lenny the lion came for Easter If anyone has a photograph of him presenting the easter egg to us, I would like to buy a copy.
alan edge wolverhampton

London, UK

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Sep 6, 2010
 
I was at the limes when Terry and Lenny the lion came.I remember someone taking photograph may have been for local papers. Ester & jean nurses I will never forget Alan
alan edge wolverhampton

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Oct 26, 2010
 
i was in the limes with Terry Cenclar and sisters Jean long Rita long from All Saints W-ton if you know EMAIL
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Tony Conolly

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Nov 3, 2010
 
I was in The Limes during 1944, I was ten years of age. My comments were printed in The Bugle sometime in the 1990's I cannot recall the exact dates. However, I recall almost every moment of my stay in the sanatorium from beginning to end. I remember my dying friend in the end four-bedder whom I used to visit at night when the nurse had gone for her supper at the hall. I recall my 'lover' Jean with whom I cuddled in the brick built air-raid shelter outside the first couple of four-bedded wards. I also spent weeks or was it months on the veranda, rain soaking the bedclothes until nurses covered the bottom of the beds, snow also wetting the covers during winter. Nurse Fitzpatricks' sisters - kindness without parallel. Such kind girls. I could gone on forever but guess you've read enough. Thank you for reading this brief entry.
janet binfield nee baker

Worcester, UK

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Nov 3, 2010
 
i remember when i slept on the veranda, you were only allowed to wear your pyjamas, nothing else to keep you warm, also you were not allowed to get out of bed. it was the mid 50s when i was in. i remember going to a show, i think it was christmas time, it was in the grounds of the sanitoriam and i think the people who put the show on were appering at the dudley hippadrome. i may be wrong, does anybody else remember this
Tony Conolly

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Dec 7, 2010
 
I'm a 76 year old having been a patient in The Limes during the 1940's. No one from that era seem to be on line which I find almost unbeliveable. Am I the only one left? Names I recall are Jean, Doris, Barbara, Leonard. Anyone out there? To repeat my recollection of that time: Night escapades while the night nurses were at supper, the tragic USA lorry accident in Himley and an aircraft collision seen from my bed on the varanda. Anyone out there?
Steve Coope

Coventry, UK

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May 17, 2011
 
I too was a patient at the Limes in the mid 50's, can't remember much about the buildings or staff as I was only 4 years old when I was admitted. I can certainly remember Jenny the donkey and the peacocks. I would love to see some photo's of the hospital posted on here ! The only other info I can find is a video on macearchive.org . It shows a panto in 1957.
marie cresswell

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Oct 28, 2011
 
I and my 4 sisters were all in the limes in the 60's,i also remember sleeping out in a hospital bed on the veranda,my memories werent so happy,i remember being locked in the dressing /locker room one night all night and watching the light from the night watchmens torch going past the window through out the night,i also remember my sister being tied to the best because she kept jumping on the bed.We were wheeled through the snow in a big hooded pram to the school room for lessons.I can remember a nurse called matilda,who bathed me when i arrived,she was one of the kind members of staff there,i also remember father xmas visiting the ward and the black doll with black curly hair that i got.
Stuart Lloyd

Liverpool, UK

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Nov 23, 2011
 
I was in the Limes in the late fifties. I remember Alan Edge being on one side of me and Martin Bourne on the other. I was in the main house and we had Sister Jenner looking after us. She was particularly vicious when administering streptomycin. She was a very nice lady but her injection skills are well remembered. Also Nurse Hilda Dixon and Nurse Billingsley.I remember Terry Hall coming to see us from the Grand Theatre. Our lady Doctor was Doctor Sheldon. We had young 17 year old nurses Sheila and Ruby who helped look after us. Esther Reuben was on nights and she was very kind as was Jean. I recently saw the video on here of the Limes while I was in there and I found it very emotional.I showed it to my children who are in their late thirties. I'd never said anything about my time there to them and so I decided that this was the right thing to do. I remember being weighed regularly and being told off if like me you didn't always gain weight. Hilda Dixon used to say "Don't you want to get well!" I was trying to, honestly but TB was winning at the time. I'm sure her attitude and behaviour would not be tolerated nowadays. I remember Christmas and they built a cave in the corner of the ward. My Mum and Dad didn't come to see me on Christmas day and I still remember that feeling sixty years later.There was no public transport and we were very poor so cars or taxis were out of the question. One nurse, I won't say who but you can guess said "Can't they be bothered to come and see you? I remember defending my parents to her. They were difficult times. I had 69 streptomycin injections and was in the Limes for six months. I remember being taught my John Carter. He was inspirational to me since he gave me my love of the theatre. He managed to keep me up with my schooling so I could resume at the Municipal Grammar School the following September. So many memories and a few tears!
janet binfield nee baker

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Nov 23, 2011
 
i have read stuart lloyd's letter with interest. i also remember the daily injections, i also remember being woken up in the night sometimes and being taken into a room where you had to swallow a long rubber tube and then the nurses put a syringe on the end and drew fluid off your lungs, if you were good and swallowed the tube without any trouble you were given a sweet, if you choked, heaved or were sick you were told how naughty you were and no sweet. i have not seen the video how do i get it on black country bugle.
geoff kelshaw

Sandbach, UK

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Jun 9, 2012
 
i to spent some 10 or 11 months at the limes during the 1950s pas and daily injections i remember thinking that they would run out of places to inject. its funny but i must have passed it by on many occassions in later life on my way out to various pubs .i only remember once going to the edge of the drive to look. sadly i took no pictures , but i have managed to obtain footage of the newsreel about the concert with stan stennett and morcambe and wise . i did not attend , but they came round the ward after.i am afraid that i cannot remember the names of the otheryoung lads ,except that one was a very loyal aston villa fan
Linda Brown nee Staines

Birmingham, UK

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Aug 17, 2012
 
alan edge wolverhampton wrote:
i was a patient 1955 to 56 11 months in the main school in the grounds table tennis tea trays baskets macking i was dripping moneter on sundays 2 sisters jean & rita long .i have been trying to trace to say hope you are fine i imagin you to be married aprox 60 to 65 hope someone reads this pleas email or phone if you see this alan
Hello there; I was in the Limes from September 1956 to March 1957. I watched the video clip with mixed feelings but it was good to see. I was there at that time but can't remember the show and couldn't see myself there. My memories include the rubber tube and the injections mentioned by other people but I also remember the schooling I had there especially the little round tubular container with a lid in which we kept our coloured counters. I also remember the peacocks and the children's tv we were allowed to watch in another room (we didn't have tv at home at that time). My saddest memory is seeing my older sister, Anne, waving and smiling at me from the window, bless her. She was 14/15 at the time and we were very close so it broke our hearts as we were unable to see each other properly for 6 or 7 months. I had my 7th birthday in there and visits from mum depended on getting a lift from family friends, Lilan and Frank Wooldridge. I hid my tears when my mother visited so that she wasn't upset but inside I was a very frightened quiet little girl although the staff were not at all unkind to me.
All the very best to everyone who went there for treatment
Juliet

Birmingham, UK

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Nov 6, 2012
 
My mother (Brenda Batchelor, before marriage) passed away last year but I found a photo album of hers from when she was at Limes in the mid 1950s. There are photos of many people but not many with names on the back. I know she kept in touch with Sister Berry for many years and also a lady called Dr Frue (sp?) who moved out to Australia. On some of the photos is the name Barbara and also June. Most of the photos are taken in bed on the veranda and of different patients and nurses.
It would be great to hear from anyone who remembers my mother - she was 15 years old at the time - had blondish hair and was quite tall!
janet binfield nee baker

Birmingham, UK

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Nov 6, 2012
 
Juliet wrote:
My mother (Brenda Batchelor, before marriage) passed away last year but I found a photo album of hers from when she was at Limes in the mid 1950s. There are photos of many people but not many with names on the back. I know she kept in touch with Sister Berry for many years and also a lady called Dr Frue (sp?) who moved out to Australia. On some of the photos is the name Barbara and also June. Most of the photos are taken in bed on the veranda and of different patients and nurses.
It would be great to hear from anyone who remembers my mother - she was 15 years old at the time - had blondish hair and was quite tall!
i am sure i remember your mother Brenda. i was only seven or eight but if i am right at the time i was out on the veranda but right behind our row of beds there were a row of makeshift rooms each with two girls in and glass doors on. the girls in these rooms were called specials, that meant they were far more sick. Your mother was one of these girls. The row of beds i was in we were called mediums and we all had to have coloured cotton on our knives forks and spoons, as we were medium sick, and then everyone else was just sick. sounds silly but it was there way of segrigating us. June was in the bed next to your mom. and she appeared in a show that was put on she dressed as a cowgirl and sang a popular song from the time. i haven't got any photo's but i would have loved to see the ones you have got.
janet binfield nee baker

Birmingham, UK

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Nov 6, 2012
 
i have tried macearchive.org to see the video of the limes sanatoriam and the panto in 1957 but i can't find anything about it. can anyone help, and tell me what to type in to the search engine to find it. Thank you.

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