Two tall tress stand in front of the building

Herbert Convalescent Home

The Herbert Convalescent Home, Bournemouth was built in the memory of Lord Herbert (Sidney, 1st Baron Herbert of Lea born in 1810. He was the second son of George Augustus, 11th Earl of Pembroke and died 2 August 1861). Herbert was president of Salisbury General Infirmary (1842-1861) and a friend of Florence Nightingale, involving her in nursing at the Crimean War. After his death the Herbert Memorial Committee in Salisbury was established who wanted to erect a statue (see images below) and to build a convalescent home near to Bournemouth, to ‘take the sea air’. On 15th September 1865 land at 49 Alumhurst Road, Westbourne was purchased and the home was built and run by the Salisbury Infirmary.

Our collection has a list of Rules and Regulations of the home, see below. Convalescents were admitted by the Committee on the following basis:

1. As to the Admission of Convalescents.
The home is intended solely for the reception of Convalescents already in course of amendment, and cases cannot be accepted unless the Committee has fair reason to believe that health will be reestablished or greatly improved by the change of air, rest and simple diet of the home.

A postcard also in our collection shows the front of the convalescent home. Dated 3rd July 1909, and posted back home to Gigant Street, Salisbury, the reverse reveals more details about staying there:

Comfortable board and lodgings. 8/- for the time. Bournemouth very cold tonight. Been to the sad (?) sea waves. Yours Fred.

By 1947 the home had been renamed the Herbert Sanatorium and was run by Bournemouth Borough.

See more pictures of what the home looked like inside (external link):


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