Saturday, July 02, 2011

Shrubland Hall Revisited | April 2006 to July 2011

Shrubland Revisited was a website that I set up for my wife and other ex-employees of the Shrublands estate near Ipswich in Suffolk after Lord de Saumarez announced the closure of the clinic on April 2nd 2006.  Several past members of staff and residents sent me their 'memories' of Shrubland Hall, and I have archived these on this blog. To read Shrubland memories please click the links at the foot of this post.

Shrubland Hall Revisited
Shrubland Hall in Suffolk was open for nearly 40 years as a high class Health Clinic but sadly closed on the 2nd April 2006 due to the owner Lord de Saumarez being forced to sell his estate to settle death duties (tax) as a result of the death of his mother.

A staggering 60,000 guests have stayed at Shrubland Hall Clinic over the last forty years and around 2000 members of staff have worked there.

Shrubland Revisited was a website for all guests and staff that have known and loved this unique estate. We were collecting ‘memories’ and photographs of Shrubland Estate.

This site was not in any way connected to the Shrubland Hall Clinic or the de Saumarez family, we have no contact with the the de Saumarez family. We are unable to answer questions about the clinic or his Lordship’s family, bar any information provided by our visitors that is already on this blog. Sorry!

We are also not connected in any way with the current (new) owners of of Shrubland Hall and can’t answer any questions about the future of the hall or gardens!

Shrubland Hall Memories
Andy Markham
Deborah Priest & Joan Johnson (sisters)
George Forsdike
Janice Whittle
K Piotrowska
Kay Barrett
Lyn Mann
Peter Bowler
Roddy Llewellyn
Roderick Prime
Sandra Chapman
Sara J Szczepanski
Stephanie Thomas 
Vanda Wright

Please feel free to submit your own memories by posted them in the comments area below.

Thanks to everyone who contributed over the years!


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