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Swedish in­flu­ences are much in ev­i­dence in Caro­line and Si­mon’s Chel­tenham home

- WORDS: Sweden · United Kingdom · London · Government of Sweden · Cheltenham

Caro­line Web­ster was born in Swe­den to Bri­tish par­ents, who had gone there in the 1960s as lan­guage teach­ers. “And they’re still there, all these years later,” says Caro­line who speaks flu­ent Swedish and trained as a nurse over there. “But I came to the UK when I was 26 on a year’s sab­bat­i­cal spon­sored by the Swedish gov­ern­ment.”

Then fate stepped in. For in Lon­don Caro­line met Si­mon, a doc­tor, and in due course they mar­ried and had three chil­dren, twins Freya and Thomas (14) and Ella (10).

“So, I never did go back to Swe­den to work,” she says. “Al­though Si­mon did for a year – to work in the hos­pi­tal I was born in! – and I went with him with the twins. I was ex­pect­ing Ella at the time and she was born in the very same unit as me.”

Now, how­ever, the fam­ily are back in the UK, liv­ing in a five-bed­roomed house in Chel­tenham.

“We both work in the lo­cal hos­pi­tal and our old ter­raced house was get­ting a bit small for us. We looked for a long time – Si­mon saw this house from the out­side and wasn’t im­pressed but when I came along later and walked into it, it just felt right. It was quiet and light and there was a big gar­den, so we bought it.”

That was six years ago. The cou­ple think the 1960s house had been ex­tended twice in the past, which gave it two more bed­rooms, plus a break­fast room which pro­jected a small way into the rear gar­den and a sit­ting room

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Caro­line in the din­ing area

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