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February 2016

This is the website of the world famous Brocket Babies.

8,338 Brocket Babies were born within the safety of the walls of Brocket Hall, and in the peace of the countryside.

Brocket Hall was used by the City of London Maternity Hospital before and after the destruction by enemy action of the in patient section of that hospital in London EC1.

This website was created to allow those who were born, gave birth, or who worked at Brocket Hall to share the events of those times and to make contact with each other.  Whilst many babies have always known they were born at Brocket Hall there is a small but increasing number of those who were born in Hatfield and subsequently adopted and only found they are one of the World Famous Brocket Babies when they obtained their original birth certificates.

If you are a Brocket Baby, a mother of a Brocket Baby, or worked at Brocket Hall at that time we would love to hear from you.  If you send us your name and date of birth at Brocket Hall we can send you the access passwords for the protected pages.  If you would prefer to just send us any stories or answer any of the questions on the website then please feel free to contact us.

There are no fees involved and the site is free of advertisements.

Please email us at with any information you have, and let us know if you are content for us to add you to the list of Babies, Mothers, or Staff.



  1. Welcome to another 7 Brocket Baby arrivals last month including one more Brocket Baby from Canada, the seventh from Toronto, making 22 from Canada.  This brings the total across the world to 863.

  2. You will be aware that Mrs Pardey (our 101 year old midwife who brought many of you into this world) took a fall a few weeks ago.  We have just had an update on her progress from her friend Tim Reeves as follows:

Hi David

Norah is doing very well, although she is black and blue with bruises she is healing fast.  She was moved yesterday (Wednesday 3 February 2016) to St Leonards Hospital Ringwood, Canford Ward, to rest and build her strength.  Then in a few weeks she should be home.

She would like to thank all those who sent cards and get well wishes, and for their kind words, and she is looking forward to meeting some of them again at the next reunion.

She wanted to send replies but only 1 or 2 people put there address on the card or envelope.

Thanks for all the hard work you do to keep the memory of Brocket Babies alive.

Tim Reeves

  1. Whilst there are no new stories this month I am pleased to pass on an email from Pauline Fleming who has put in much work, with the help of several others, to remember the babies who sadly died at or shortly after birth.  A memorial stone will be placed and dedicated at St John's Lemsford to remember them all.  May their souls rest in peace.

Note 1: If you have contacted us but do not receive our monthly emails would you please send in your current email address so we can update the records.

Note 2: Brocket Babies also has a Facebook page at

Note 3: If you are planning a trip overseas near one of the Brocket Babies you might like to drop in.  Quite a few have said they would like to meet up with other Brocket Babies.

Note 4: Please note that the new Brocket Babies and Mothers are highlighted in red on the Baby and Mother Lists each month.