Carol Stead: Hello Carol
The Stone House building still exists. It opened as the Battle Union Workhouse in 1834 and became a cottage hospital c1929. When I was still living in Battle (up to 1976) it was a hospital for geriatric patients but it closed in the early 1990s and after standing empty for a few years was developed into apartments. It’s called Thatcher Place after Frederick Thatcher the original architect from 1834.
I checked the birth registration index for the June quarter of 1928 and there is an entry for Nora R Penfold, in the Battle district, mother’s maiden name Western . There is no other registration for a Penfold birth at Battle district in that quarter, nor a death, so if it is true that your mother was one of twins the other baby must have been a stillbirth. There is no public index of stillbirths.
I am from Battle myself, although I have now moved away. Most of my families come from Battle and surrounding towns and villages and I have been researching my family history for many years. I also research professionally, specialising in East Sussex.
I hope this is of help to you.