101-year-old Brocket Hall midwife attends reunion

PUBLISHED: 10:30 06 November 2015

Nora Pardey

Nora Pardey


Brocket Hall welcomed a VIP guest at the latest ‘Brocket Babes’ reunion – a 101-year-old midwife who was reunited with people she delivered over 60 years ago.

Norah Pardey, who now lives in Dorset, worked at Brocket Hall, near Lemsford, between 1939 and 1946, after the maternity service in London was moved there following bombing in World War Two.

The Brocket Babes, a nickname for people born at Brocket Hall during that period, had a reunion last week, and after visiting for the second time in 60 years, Norah met people she last saw as newborns.

“It’s interesting and unbelievable to think that I should meet them,” she said.

“I wasn’t very keen on coming because I wasn’t particularly well, but I’m so pleased I did. I have really enjoyed it.”

Norah astounded everybody with her precise recollection of events, and gave a captivating insight into protocol when German bombers tormented the country.

She also described her time at Brocket Hall as “wonderful”, and at one point in the nostalgic afternoon, asked a lady ‘are you one of mine?’ – aptly highlighting her maternal feelings for the Brocket Babes.

For the full interview with Norah, check out this week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times, out now.

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