I was also born in June 1943, on the 23rd and my mother lived near Guy's Hospital at that time and probably travelled to Amersham with your Mum for the same reason. My mother is still alive and now living at the Elephant & Castle but a little confused. She said prior to the birth all the girls were 'housed' in the village and she remembers walking up the very long drive to the house. No mean fete - we drove last year and it was quite a distance.
She was also under the impression that it was the home of Sir Francis Drake and also mentioned that the Queen Mother visited all the mothers and babies whilst she was there to see how they were coping.
I went to Amersham a couple of years ago to see the house and what a beautiful building it is too. I hope you managed to get a glimpse too.
Val Betts (nee Wilkins)
I was born at Shardeloes in June 1943. My mother was living with her parents at the Elephant and Castle in South London as my father was serving in the army. She was cared for by Guy's Hospital and at the time the mothers were transported to Amersham for the birth due to the bombings in London.
Unfortunately my mother passed away some 28 years ago and I bitterly regret that I didn't ask her for more information. I would dearly love to know the time of day I was born - does anyone know where to access any records? Also I would like to know if they were all ferried there together?
My mother also told me that the house had been the home of Sir Francis Drake - I guess this confusion has arisen because of the Tyrwhitt-Drake name?
I am visiting Amersham tomorrow (to attend a funeral) and am going to visit Shardeloes, which I understand has been converted into very luxurious apartments.