The house which later became Fred Woolley’s convalescent home was originally known as Stoneham Park House. It was built in 1913 by Mr. Willis-Fleming for his son Richard who was killed in World War One and never took up residence. We originally stated that the house then stood empty for nine years, but a reader has been in touch to inform us that the Willis-Fleming did live there for several years after the First World War. They did not like the property and eventually moved back to Chilworth Manor.
The house was purchased by a charitable trust in 1922 and converted into a convalescent home known as the Hampshire Home of Recovery. In 1948 it was taken over by the Southampton Group Hospitals Management Committee and became an annex of the Royal South Hants Hospital. In 1950 it was renamed Fred Woolley House to honour Fred Woolley who served on the Board of Governors of the Royal South Hants for many years. The home was closed in 1996 and the building converted to flats.
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