Ashmount and Frostmead Hostels, Barkingside, Ilford, Essex
Several hostels were established by Barnardo's for older girls from its Village Home who had started employment in domestic service in the area. These included two known as Ashmount and Frostmead.
Information on these properties is sketchy. They are referred to as early as the 1930s, but in 1968 Ashmount and Frostmead were recorded as being respectively located at 95 and 99 Hamilton Avenue, Barkingside. In 1972, staff were being recruited for a 'new' Ashmount/Frostmead hostel on Hamilton Avenue shortly to be opened for ten boys and girls. It was also indicated that there were plans to replace this establishment within two or three years by a larger hostel.
Note: many repositories impose a closure period of up to 100 years for records identifying individuals. Before travelling a long distance, always check that the records you want to consult will be available.
- 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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