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Sketty, Glamorgan
« on: Sunday 30 July 17 08:35 BST (UK) »
Hello,
I'm interested to find out where someone would have gone to have a baby in the 1940's in the Sketty area? How long would the mother have needed to stay before the birth?
I'm assisting a friend who's wife has passed away but she was born in this area mid 1940's and was given up for adoption. We have adoption papers and birth certificate.
But I'm looking to find out where she might have been as it was a couple of months after she was born that she was adopted. What homes were there at this time?
Thank you

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Re: Sketty, Glamorgan
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 30 July 17 09:11 BST (UK) »
That was before the National Health Service started.
And home births were a lot more common then.

Workhouses usually had an attached infirmary, and these ususally became hospitals once the NHS started.

Swansea workhouse was no exception,
The infirmary there became known as Tawe Lodge, and later Mount Pleasant Hospital.
See: http://www.workhouses.org.uk/Swansea/

There should be an address on the Birth Certificate?
Garrad (Suffolk, Essex, Somerset), Crocker (Somerset), Vanstone (Devon, Jersey), Sims (Wiltshire), Bridger (Kent)

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Re: Sketty, Glamorgan
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 30 July 17 10:47 BST (UK) »
Thanks KGarrad,

I don't believe this was a home birth unless the mother was staying with a friend or relative.
As her address was that of her grandparents in Barnstaple.

Yes there is an address on the birth cert.
Cartref, Townhill Road Sketty.

I have tried googling the address but no luck.


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Re: Sketty, Glamorgan
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 30 July 17 11:07 BST (UK) »
The Welsh word "cartref" means home in English. ;D

Mount Pleasant Hospital was on Townhill Road.
Garrad (Suffolk, Essex, Somerset), Crocker (Somerset), Vanstone (Devon, Jersey), Sims (Wiltshire), Bridger (Kent)

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Re: Sketty, Glamorgan
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 30 July 17 11:13 BST (UK) »
Thanks, that makes sense but which home is now the question?
It maybe a mystery I wont get an answer too.
Unless there is a home for single/unwed mothers or the like.
The mother wasn't a young woman she was 27yr at the time.

I'll keep on searching.

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Re: Sketty, Glamorgan
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 30 July 17 12:17 BST (UK) »
I think KGarrad is trying to tell you that Mount Pleasant hospital as is now, was formerly the workhouse (Cartref).
CARDIFF:Lord,Griffiths,Barry,Cope,Mahoney ~ PEMBROKESHIRE:Griffiths,Rees,Owen,Thomas ~ ESSEX:Lord,Foreman,Hatch ~ SOMERSET:Lord,Cox,Hockey,Linham,Bryant ~ STAFFORDSHIRE:Cope,Elks,Hackney,Gallimore,Davenport ~ SUFFOLK:Lord,Lockwood,Hatch,Rix,Foreman ~ IRELAND:Barry,Meany,Cummins,Grogan ~
PONTYPRIDD:Leigh,Brooks,Adams,Davies,Thomas ~ KENT:Leigh ~ CHESHIRE:Adams,Tudor,Illidge ~ DENBIGHSHIRE:Edwards,Bolas ~BRECON:Leigh,Thomas,Davies ~SOMERSET:Adams,Keitch,Bridge ~ABERGAVENNY:Minton ~ MERTHYR:.....

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Re: Sketty, Glamorgan
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 30 July 17 12:27 BST (UK) »
Thanks, getting late here in Australia not thinking straight :)

So is Mount Pleasant hospital still existing today?
As this birth was in 1944.

The lady that adopted her came from Mount Pleasant and was listed as school teacher.

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Re: Sketty, Glamorgan
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 30 July 17 12:32 BST (UK) »
The hospital closed in 1995 and has apparently now been converted to student accommodation 😀
CARDIFF:Lord,Griffiths,Barry,Cope,Mahoney ~ PEMBROKESHIRE:Griffiths,Rees,Owen,Thomas ~ ESSEX:Lord,Foreman,Hatch ~ SOMERSET:Lord,Cox,Hockey,Linham,Bryant ~ STAFFORDSHIRE:Cope,Elks,Hackney,Gallimore,Davenport ~ SUFFOLK:Lord,Lockwood,Hatch,Rix,Foreman ~ IRELAND:Barry,Meany,Cummins,Grogan ~
PONTYPRIDD:Leigh,Brooks,Adams,Davies,Thomas ~ KENT:Leigh ~ CHESHIRE:Adams,Tudor,Illidge ~ DENBIGHSHIRE:Edwards,Bolas ~BRECON:Leigh,Thomas,Davies ~SOMERSET:Adams,Keitch,Bridge ~ABERGAVENNY:Minton ~ MERTHYR:.....

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Re: Sketty, Glamorgan
« Reply #8 on: Sunday 30 July 17 12:36 BST (UK) »
The hospital closed in 1995 and has apparently now been converted to student accommodation 😀

Thanks, I wonder if records are still kept and who would have them?
I'll do some research and see what I can find, unless someone might know :)