Aston Training Home / Bampton Home for Girls, Aston, Oxfordshire

The Aston Training Home on Bampton Road, Aston, near Bampton in Oxfordshire was founded my Mrs W.H. Clarke in 1888 'for children of the artizan class'. It could accommodate up to 48 girls from the age of 6 upwards. Girls from Aston were received without charge, others paid a weekly fee of five shillings.

The usual destination for the girls was domestic service and they were given training in needlework and laundry work.

In 1920, the home was taken by the Waifs and Strays Society

Bampton Home for Girls, c.1921. © Peter Higginbotham

In 1922, the Society decided that the home was unsatisfactory and it was closed.

In recent times, the property has been used as a children's nursery.

Former Bampton Home for Girls, Aston.

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.