Doughty's Hospital

Stories from residents of Doughty’s Hospital Norwich.

Dancing down the years (1945-2016)

Beryl was an entertainer as one of the King Sisters. She taught children to dance and along with her comedian husband kept pubs and hotels. I was born in 1931 in Union Street, Norwich. I lived there with my mother until she moved to Victoria Street, near the Norfolk and Norwich hospital, and my mother […]

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From Nursing to Pharmaceuticals (1941-2006)

As a child during WWII Mary worked picking potatoes and then entered a special programme for training young nurses. She recounts the time when tuberculosis was common and her continuing training at Charing Cross, London. Marriage and children followed and a career change to a more secretarial role after spending time in Italy. I was […]

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Happy days. Shoes, shops, school and caring (1960-2016)

From the age of 15, Paulette worked in Norwich making heels for shoes, later for British Home Stores, made crackers at home and worked with children and older people. She still cares for people and helps her fellow residents at Doughty’s Hospital. The heel factory I started work at fifteen at Andrews Wood Heels on Mile […]

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