St Christopher's Home for Girls, Altrincham, Cheshire

The St Christopher's Home for Girls, run by the Waifs and Strays Society home, was opened by the Bishop of Chester on October 21st, 1911. Its premises at 28 Stockport Road, Altrincham, could accommodate 20 girls aged from 7 to 16.

St Christopher's Home, Altrincham, 1911. © Peter Higginbotham

Girls and staff from St Christopher's on holiday, c.1920. © Peter Higginbotham

The home became mixed after the Second World War. In 1974, with a large new road being built close by, St Christopher's was closed and the children transferred to the Society's Ingledene home at Bowdon.

The Altrincham property no longer survives and modern housing now occupies the site.

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.