Posted 26 September 2003 - 10:26 AM
does anyone know anything about Beltwood house? It is situated just past Dulwich wood house pub on main road of sydenham hill, my daughter and I are both fasinated by if having past it everyday for years but can't seem to find any info on it it is a very sheltered house because of the bushes, but there are pillars at the front A long drive and a gate house. I do remember the gardens being open a couple of years ago but unfortunatly didnt get the time to take a look. does anyone out there know the history of the place? have a decent picture? There was a sign up recently that made me smile everytime I passed " HORSEY POO POO FOR SALE!" so who ever owns the house certainly has a sense of humour!
any info apprieciated just to put my curiosity to rest thanks all
Posted 03 October 2003 - 11:01 AM
About 12-15 years ago I went to a party there and it is a beautiful house from what I remember, big staircases, well kept gardens etc etc.
Posted 24 October 2003 - 05:13 PM
We'd really like to know about Beltwood (House? Mansion? - it seems to go under a number of names...) too. We visited there this morning and found no-one at home. It is a beautiful house and someone in the pub next door said it had been open for the recent London Open House weekend and there were 'queues down the drive'. We were also told it is owned by 'an American woman' who opens it to refugees (!) We were also told there were problems with rats coming into the pub from the property(!). What we do know about its history is that in 1960 it was known as the Sydenham Babies Home and run by an adoption agency called The Mission of Hope. We have no idea when it stopped being this and began being something else. All we can find out on the net is that it is licensed for marriages and conferences and events are held there - though this is hard to believe as the place is not now very plush or well kept. But we're sure it must have a fascinating history. DOES ANYONE OUT THERE KNOW MORE?
Yes, round the back there were bales of straw so there must be horses there.
Posted 05 November 2003 - 08:42 PM
Posted 09 November 2003 - 09:21 PM
Thank you for your very interesting information about Beltwood.
I was at that home in 1960 as a baby and was adopted shortly afterwards.
You can imagine my feelings to walk up the drive and see this "mansion"of a
place that at one time I had lived in. (even though it was only for a few months)
Your description really brings the inside alive to me and helps piece my story together.
At the time you were working there who was your employer?. The adoption agency that my mum and dad used was "The Mission of Hope" and I was wondering if this was the case when you worked there.
Once again thank you for taking the time to share your memories.
Posted 21 November 2003 - 02:13 PM
Earlier in the year I went to Beltwood Mansion, because I was deperately looking for a venue for my wedding reception.
I rather foolishly had high hopes that it would be a stunning, restored private house with period features.
However its the dingiest, most depressing house Ive ever seen.
It is owned by a strange bunch of aging hippies. We described it at the time as a Kibbutz.
Im sure it was once a very grand house, but now it is neglected, smelly and in need of a lot of work.
xxx P.S. I did end up finding a perfect wedding venue in the end - but not in South London...
Posted 06 December 2003 - 04:14 PM
When I worked at Beltwood, I hadn't a clue that the babies we cared for were up for adoption. We were told they were convalescent, although thinking back no parents visited and the babies stayed for quite a while. I suppose that we nursing cadets were regarded as being too young to know the full story. I had not heard ogf the Mission of Hope, and I thought that Beltwood, or the Sydenham Babies Hospital as it was known belonged to the Bromley and Beckenham group of Hospitals. Most of us went on to Bromley Hospital to train as nurses. As far as I can remember, the Matron was a Miss Jones, she had a Health Visitor friend from Chichester who used to visit frequntly, her name was Miss Phillips. The babies were very well cared for in a regimental sort of way. Strict feeding, bathing and bedtime hours were kept, and although we were children ourselves we did fuss over the babies and we all had our favourites. Mine was called Robert, he was such a cute little fellow; he would be around 50 years old now!.
Posted 26 September 2005 - 03:50 AM
I lived at Beltwood House Sydenham during the 1980's.The House was used for training Dental Therapists to live during the first year of their 2 year training course at New Cross Hospital.We were sellected from all over the UK including the islands,and I loved the year I lived there.The House was beautiful.A long driveway,a gatekeepers cottage at the entrance.Beautiful pillars at the front,and a small servants cottage at the rear...thats where I lived.Next to this was I think old stables that had been converted upstairs to accomodate more girls.Inside the main house,there was a fantastic sweeping staircase opening out into a foyer,and the rooms downstairs...a lounge room and then a dining room had beautiful original fireplaces.There was talk when I was there of the house being haunted,and that the sitings did feature in a book of ghost stories...I have not tracked it down..but the ghost came down the staircase apparantly..I vaguely remember a servants staircase as well.We were all 18 yr olds away from home,and the house was run by a caretaker couple and the cook at the time was a nun.I am trying to find out more about the house for my own enjoyment and would to hear from anyone else on the subject,,,this may prompt me to remember more.
Posted 26 September 2005 - 08:12 AM
I wonder if you ever babysat me?
Posted 26 September 2005 - 12:52 PM
Posted 09 October 2005 - 11:13 AM
Firstly.Becky...several of the girls babysat for local families.I only did it a couple of times and cannot remember who for.I was always busy travelling back to my family at the weekends in the Midlands.Can you remember anyones names,or where they were from?
Secondly,Sylvester...thankyou for the update.I guess the house would make a lovely wedding venue.The staircase and entryhall alone would be gorgeous for photos.I would love to have a look inside again...it holds many memories.Cheers.Dawn