Longshaw Remembers the First World War

A sepia photo of First World War soldiers enjoying a bus trip

Longshaw Lodge played its part as a convalescent home in the First World War. Our volunteer historians Thelma Griffiths and Marjorie Hardey have traced some of the characters of the past, both soldiers, nurses and local people. The information and photos here are by kind permission of Captain Murray Clifford and the grandchildren of Florence Franklin and Doris Elliott.

Please click on the links to the PDFs below to find out more about Longshaw Lodge as a convalescent home, and the nurses who worked here.

Longshaw - from private home to hospital (PDF / 0.7MB) download

The nurses and women of First World War Longshaw (PDF / 1.3MB) download

A sepia photo of four recovering soldiers with a nurse and local woman

You can find out more about the war years at Longshaw at Thelma's talks on Wednesday 7 November and Saturday 10 November 2-4pm at the Moorland Discovery Centre. Tickets are £5 per person, which includes a talk with the chance to ask questions, a hot drink and biscuit.

You can also join a free guided walk every Wednesday and Sunday at 11am, starting from the Tea Room, to learn more about the history and wildlife of Longshaw.

A sepia photo of First World War soldiers boating on Longshaw Pond