St Michael's Orphanage, Balscote, Oxfordshire

St Michael's Orphanage, a home affiliated to the Waifs and Strays Society, was established on October 2nd, 1883 at Balscote (or Balscott), Oxfordshire. It occupied an old farmhouse which had been converted by the vicar of Wroxton-cum-Balscote, the Rev. T.R. Izat. The home housed up to 21 boys aged from 5 upwards, only some of which were funded by the Society. The boys attended the village school school.

St Michael's Orphanage, Balscote, c.1884. © Peter Higginbotham

The resident superintendent of the home was a female relative of Archbishop Tench of Dublin, under whom were a matron and a girl servant.

The property is now a private residence known as Balscote House.

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.