Phoebe gifts her home to hospital
PUBLISHED: 11:15 09 July 2007 | UPDATED: 11:15 24 May 2010
AN AXBRIDGE woman whose ancestors have lived in her home for around 200 years is planning to sell the house for a Bristol hospital when she dies
AN AXBRIDGE woman whose ancestors have lived in her home for around 200 years is planning to sell the house for a Bristol hospital when she dies.Phoebe Ebrooke, aged 80, of West Street, has lived in Trafalgar Cottage since she was born.She inherited the two-bedroom property from her parents, Adaline and Frederick Ebrooke, in 1951 and lived there with her sister Stella until she died 12 years ago.The house, which is named Trafalgar Cottage because it was built around 1805 at the time of the Battle of Trafalgar, first belonged to Phoebe's great, great grandfather and has been passed down the generations.Phoebe, who never married, has no children to pass the house on to so she is planning to sell the building and give the money to Southmead Hospital where she was treated when she had tuberculosis.She said: "I want to give something back to the staff at the hospital who looked after me so well when I was ill. I was in hospital for quite a while, but the staff were wonderful"Phoebe, who was a technical librarian for Thorn EMI before she retired, has always lived in Axbridge and loves the town.One of her neighbours cooks an evening meal for her every night and brings it round and she has plenty of friends and memories in the town.She said: "I wouldn't live anywhere else, it's a lovely place. The people are so friendly and I am happy and content here. Axbridge has changed so much in the years I've lived her. When I'm in town I often see it as it used to look."Phoebe, who enjoys knitting, gardening and doing puzzles, has told some of her tales of town life to the Voices of Axbridge.Organisers of the project are compiling an oral record of the town's history and Phoebe is just one of the many residents to add her stories to the tapes.