Victoria Home for Girls, Bolton-le-Sands, Carnforth, Lancashire

The Victoria Home for 'delicate and convalescent girls' was established by the Waifs and Strays Society in 1897 at Pasture Lane, Bolton le Sands, near Carnforth, Lancashire. The property, together with £120 for its furnishing, was donated to the Society by Mrs Dorothy Peacock of Slyne.

The home was officially opened on July 20th, 1898, by Mrs Moorhouse, the wife of the Bishop of Manchester. A dedication ceremony was performed by Canon St Vincent Beechey who revealed that the home had been named with the Queen's consent to mark her Diamond Jubilee. The home provided accommodation for 14 girls aged from 3 to 15.

The chaplain for the home was the Rev. Canon Beechey, shown below in front of the building in 1897.

Victoria Home for Girls, Bolton-le-Sands, 2103. © Peter Higginbotham

The first picture below of the 'family' includes the Rev. Schofield Battersby.

Victoria Home for Girls, Bolton-le-Sands, c.1897. © Peter Higginbotham

Victoria Home for Girls, Bolton-le-Sands, c.1897. © Peter Higginbotham

By 1902, the house had acquired a porch at its west side.

Victoria Home for Girls, Bolton-le-Sands, c.1902. © Peter Higginbotham

Victoria Home for Girls, Bolton-le-Sands, c.1911. © Peter Higginbotham

Victoria Home for Girls, Bolton-le-Sands, c.1920. © Peter Higginbotham

The home closed in 1920. The property is now a private residence.

Former Victoria Home for Girls, Bolton-le-Sands, 2103. © Peter Higginbotham

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.