Fairfield Home for Babies, Bath, Somerset

The Fairfield Home for Babies was opened by the Waifs and Strays Society in 1943 as a wartime evacuation home for the children from the Seagry Manor at Chippenham. It was located at Fairfield House, 2 Kelston Road, Bath. The property was loaned to the Society by Haile Selassie, the Emperor of Abyssinia.

The home housed up to 35 children aged from two weeks to two years.

Former Fairfield Home for Babies, Bath, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

The home closed in 1946 and the children were transferred to the Saville House Nursery in Bath.

In more recent times, the property was used as a care home until 1993. Since then, it has been used as a day centre by various local groups.

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.