The nurse’s home?

Up to 1995, the Pains lived for some years at 17 Sixty Acres Road. During that time a house diagonally opposite was demolished to make way for two new homes.They rescued the foundation stone from the demolition rubble which reads “This land was given for the nurse’s home in memory of Allan Cameron Gardner The Chestnuts Prestwood”

P1020509Can anyone give any information on the history of the Nurse’s Home and who Allan Cameron Gardner was?  If so please leave a reply below.

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4 thoughts on “The nurse’s home?”

  1. Quite a mystery! I can only offer frugal information. Allan Cameron Gardner lived at Chestnuts in 1901 with his wife, no children, and two servants. He was a man of leisure with a private income. He was born at Portsea, Hampshire 1868 and went to a small private school there. He married in London in 1899 and then came to live in Prestwood. By 1911, however, he was living at Rochford, Essex. Then the trail goes cold. An “Allan Gardner” died during WWI in 1916, but this may not be the same person. Your memorial stone is dated 1935. Perhaps the family continued to own Chestnuts after they went to live elsewhere. Hopefully someone will have local memories going back to about that time, either of the family at Chestnuts or the “Nurse’s home”.

  2. I remember a Mrs Gardner living at the Chestnuts. Some of us local lads used to “help” her tidy up in the garden about 65 years ago. She claimed that there was a hidey-hole in the house that was used by one side or the other during the Civil War, but I have never been able to corroborate this story.
    The district nurse’s house was located in Sixty Acres Road, but I do not remember reading the foundation stone, or being aware of the connection with the Gardners.

  3. When we first came to Prestwood in 1969 the local midwife was Sister Coulson. She lived on Sixty Acres. This is all I know, but there must be others of my generation and older who might remember more.

  4. Didn’t know Mr Gardner but knew Aggie Gardner who lived at the Chestnuts. Think she could have been a daughter of the original family. Got caught once scrumping apples in her garden and she herded us all inside the house but we ran off when she was not looking.
    The original nurses house was used for the district nurse and she also had a little Ford Popular car. I don’t know the name of the first nurse but when our children were born it was Sister Coulson who attended the births at our house. A wonderful lady. She eventually retired and moved away but the houses in Coulson Court off Nairdwood Lane were named after her.
    Jacque Free

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