All Saints' Home for Boys, Almondbury, West Riding of Yorkshire

The All Saints' Home for Boys was founded, perhaps as early as in 1870, by the Dowager Countess of Dartmouth. In 1892, the running of the home was passed to the Waifs and Strays Society. In 1894, the home moved to premises at Royd House (or Royds Lodge), Farnley Tyas, near Almondbury. The home could accommodate 6 boys aged 3 to 7, with Mrs Eliza Ford as its matron.

Royd House, Farnley Tyas, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

In 1907, the home moved to new purpose-built premises on Dark Lane, Almondbury, where 10 boys aged from 3 to 7 were accommodated.

All Saints' Home for Boys, Almondbury, c.1908. © Peter Higginbotham

All Saints' Home for Boys, Almondbury, c.1929. © Peter Higginbotham

All Saints' Home for Boys, Almondbury, c.1931. © Peter Higginbotham

In 1937, the home was extended to increase its accommodation to ten.

Former All Saints' Home for Boys, Almondbury, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

In 1945, like many others at the time, All Saints' became a mixed home. In 1974, it began to specialise in the care of children who were physically disabled.

The home closed in around 1987. The property now provides residential accommodation for older people.

Records

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Bibliography

  • Bowder, Bill Children First: a photo-history of England's children in need (1980, Mowbray)
  • Church of England Waifs and Strays' Society [Rudolfe, Edward de Montjoie] The First Forty Years: a chronicle of the Church of England Waifs and Strays' Society 1881-1920 (1922, Church of England Waifs and Strays' Society / S.P.C.K.)
  • Rudolf, Mildred de Montjoie Everybody's Children: the story of the Church of England Children's Society 1921-1948 (1950, OUP)
  • Stroud, John Thirteen Penny Stamps: the story of the Church of England Children's Society (Waifs and Strays) from 1881 to the 1970s (1971, Hodder and Stoughton)
  • Morris, Lester The Violets Are Mine: Tales of an Unwanted Orphan (2011, Xlibris Corporation) — memoir of a boy growing up in several of the Society's homes (Princes Risborough, Ashdon, Hunstanton, Leicester) in the 1940s and 50s.