Badgeworth Court, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
In 1945, a Barnardo's home was opened at Badgeworth Court on Cold Pool Lane, Badgeworth near Cheltenham. Badgeworth Court was a large old country house dating from 1829 and formerly the home of Colonel Selwyn Payne. The home accommodated up to 40 boys aged five to fourteen. The initial intake came from the Euston Hall evacuation centre in Norfolk from where the boys travelled by coach to Badgeworth with their superintendent Mr Leslie.
The home closed in 1964. The building later became Badgeworth Court School but is now a residential care centre.
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- Barnardo's Family History Service deals with enquiries regarding records of individual children — various services are available costing from £25 upwards.
Making Connections — a service for those wishing to access their Barnardo's adoption records.
- Barnardo's historical administrative records are now deposited with Liverpool University's Social Welfare Archives with stringent restrictions on their access.
- Barnardo, Syrie Louise, and Marchant, James Memoirs of the Late Dr Barnardo (Hodder & Stoughton, 1907)
- Batt, J.H. Dr. Barnardo: The Foster-Father of "Nobody's Children" (S.W. Partridge, 1904)
- Bready, J. Wesley Doctor Barnardo (Allen & Unwin, 1930)
- Rose, June For the Sake of the Children: Inside Dr. Barnardo's: 120 years of caring for children (Hodder & Stoughton, 1987)
- Wagner, Gillian Barnardo (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1979)
- The Barnardo's website.
- The Goldonian Website — memories and information from former Barnardo's children.
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