Grenville House / Princess Helena Victoria Nursery, Ascot, Berkshire

At the onset of the Second World War in 1939, the residents of the Maurice Home in Ealing, run by the Waifs and Strays Society, were evacuated to Ascot. They stayed in part of a large house called Englemere Green On London Road, Ascot, owned by Mrs John Peyton.

Englemere Green, Ascot.

At the end of the war, it was decided that the Maurice House children should stay at Ascot and they moved into a nearby property called Sandridge, which was renamed Grenville House after Mrs Peyton's son, Thomas Grenville Peyton, who had been killed whilst serving in the forces in 1942. The new home was formally opened by Princess Marie Louise on July 27th, 1946.

The home closed in 1959 and re-opened the following year as a residential nursery, receiving the children from the Princess Helena Victoria Nursery in Catford. In 1961, Grenville House was itself renamed the Princess Helena Victoria Nursery.

Former Princess Helena Victoria Nursery, Ascot, 2014. © Peter Higginbotham

The nursery closed in 1969. The property is now occupied by a care home.

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.