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Driscoll House: ITV seeks Ada Lewis House stories and memories

Producers of a new ITV programme are appealing for people with stories and memories of the Ada Lewis House women's hostel in New Kent Road to contact them urgently.

Driscoll House

The building now known as Driscoll House was opened a century ago as Ada Lewis House, a pioneering hostel for working women in London.

After the closure of Ada Lewis House in 1968 the building became a hostel for backpackers and foreign students which was run by Terence Driscoll until his death in 2007.

Last summer Driscoll House – now a listed building – was reopened as the RestUp London hostel.

The producers of a television history programme are keen to hear from anyone who lived in the building or who may have had a family member who lived in the hostel, particularly in its earliest years.

Britain's Secret Homes is a new series revealing the remarkable stories behind the UK's most secret and surprising homes. It will be presented by Michael Buerk and Bettany Hughes who also front sister series Britain's Secret Treasures.

Anyone who thinks they have information that may help the Britain's Secret Homes team should contact as soon as possible.

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