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80 YEARS: Berkhamsted event aims to reunite wartime babies born at stately home

 Published on: 21st April 2024   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

A stately home on the outskirts of Berkhamsted is looking to organise a special reunion for babies who were born there during the Second World War.

Ashridge House, which today is a popular events venue, was requisitioned as an extension of the emergency wing of London’s Charing Cross Hospital in the 1940s.

The house was chosen due to the relative safety of its countryside location compared to London, which was frequently hit by bombs. During the war, more than 27,000 patients were treated at Ashridge and 2,700 people were born in the maternity ward.

Now, 80 years on, Ashridge House is looking to commemorate the staff and mothers at the hospital and is hoping to reunite the babies born there for a special event this summer.

Lucy Le Gassicke, Ashridge House’s director of sales and marketing, said: “We want to hear the untold stories of the babies born in the house during the war, and are seeking those babies or their families, children or grandchildren to get in touch with us.

“We’d love them to join us at a special occasion this summer to help celebrate such a significant part of our history and the country’s history at Ashridge House. We are asking them to contact us by whatever means suits.”

To get in touch, call 01442 841134 or send an email to

Alternatively, you can get in touch through Ashridge House’s social media or by sending a letter to Kathryn Waller, Ashridge House, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 1NS.

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