Memories of working at Harperbury & Shenley hospitals
By Audrey Ashby
Working and living at Harperbury Hospital (known earlier as the Middlesex Colony) in 1935, was Lesley Ashby and his wife Florence.
He was a cowman on the hospital farm, and they lived at Margaret Cottages, at the top of a long drive near the farm.
In 1936 a son, Peter, was born followed by daughter, Margaret, in 1938. By 1940, being wartime, the family moved away to Bedfordshire. After the death of Florence in 1946, Lesley returned to Harperbury Hospital as a cowman on the farm, and lived in a hospital house in Harper Lane, with his children Peter, Margaret, John and Janet.
When the farm closed, Lesley worked with patients as a gardener until 1967, when he retired.