Appleton Home for Boys, Bolton Percy, West Riding of Yorkshire

The Appleton Home for Boys was opened by the Waifs and Strays Society in 1894 at St Katharine's House, Appleton Roebuck, near Bolton Percy. It could accommodate 11 boys aged from 5 to 10 years. The property had previously been a private convalescent home for sick children from Leeds and York.

Former Appleton Home for Boys, Bolton Percy, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

Former Appleton Home for Boys, Bolton Percy, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

Appleton Home for Boys, Bolton Percy, c.1897. © Peter Higginbotham

Appleton Home for Boys, Bolton Percy, c.1897. © Peter Higginbotham

Appleton Home for Boys, Bolton Percy, c.1897. © Peter Higginbotham

In 1903, the home was relocated to larger premises at Boston Spa. As well as the existing residents, the Matron, Miss Sophia Arthure, also moved to the Boston Spa.

The former Appleton home is now a private residence.

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.