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of the wealthy; but they are told, by such   to the authorities of the Charing Cross
       acts as I have described, that they must,   Hospital; and on this magnifi cent site,
       when seeking health, keep out of sight   with its immense stretch of landscape in
       and hearing of the privileged
       few, who fare sumptuously
       every day. It happened that
       soon after disappointment
       No. 3 an ideal property for
       convalescent purposes
       came into the market; it also
       happened to be at Limpsfi eld,
       and adjoining the property
       Mr. Leveson-Gower referred
       to, and this was submitted for
       sale at Tokenhouse Yard. It was
       determined to secure this site,
       if it could be got at anything           The Ladies Lounge
       like a reasonable price. I had, however, to   front, its many hundred acres of public
       move with considerable caution, for fear   forests behind, and its unsurpassed
       that my object might be suspected and   salubrious surroundings, now stand in
       another combination formed to end in   triumphant repose the Charing Cross
       another disappointment. I attended the   Convalescent Home and the Caxton
       sale, and, fearing I might be known and   Convalescent Home.
       my intention scented, I sat for two hours     An advert in Modern Printers Year
       on the fi rst seat immediately in front of   Book 1958 advertises that for ‘one
                                                      penny a week’ or 4/4d per
                                                      year, a member was entitled
                                                      to a stay of three weeks at
                                                      the home, on recovery from
                                                      illness, including free rail and
                                                      motor travel from London.
                                                      There were 65 beds and no
                                                      waiting for vacancies! By 1971
                                                      the cost had increased to
                                                      8/- per year, although it now
                                                      included wives and widowed
                                                      mothers. What a bargain! But
                                                      that’s it: in 1972 it closed for
                                                      good. Apparently, it has now
                                                      been converted into fl ats,
                       The South Front
                                                      which you can purchase for
       the auctioneer, without moving or looking   a quarter of a million (each) or rent for a
       to the right or left. The lot, after a spirited   thousand pounds plus a month. But, as
       bidding, was knocked down to me, and   far as I know, it no longer has any sick
       the property was afterwards transferred   printers living there.
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