Alice

Alice was born in July 1938 and went to the Foundling Hospital School in Berkhamsted in 1943. She went to live with her birth mother on leaving school, although the relationship turned out to be a difficult one. She is married with two children and five grandchildren and lives in St. Albans.

Alice
Alice

Absolutely petrified

Audio Transcript

I remember sitting on this coach and I was happy all the way, until we got there, and we went into what was the big concert hall, with all these blue chairs, and I sat there, and then she said, "I have to go now," well I just froze.  I know I did.  Pearl said that they brought her out to see me when I got there, but I don't remember that, she said I looked absolutely petrified, she remembers that. I just could not believe it when all the mothers got up to go. Previous to that I'd been to Tunbridge Wells and I was bought a beautiful blue dress ... and with lovely white socks and brown shoes, and I was so proud of this pretty dress, and I really-- and I had a teddy as well, I remember holding this teddy, and the next minute, with this massive building, which appeared to be-- having only lived in a house, was taken upstairs, how I ever got there I don't know, and all your beautiful clothes were taken off of you, and you were taken into this bathroom with six baths, well we didn't even have a bathroom.  And I-- I must have just froze, but we had a bath and it-- taken into the dormitory, and it was just-- I look back and I would never ever want a child to go through.