St Dorothea's Home for Girls, Bournemouth, Hampshire

The St Dorothea's Home for Girls was opened on July 6th, 1915 by the Waifs and Strays Society at 20 Stoke Wood Road, Bournemouth, Hampshire. The home could accommodate 12 girls up to the age of 7.

St Dorothea's Home for Girls, Bournemouth, c.1923. © Peter Higginbotham

St Dorothea's Home for Girls, Bournemouth, c.1923. © Peter Higginbotham

Following the expiry of the Society's lease on the property, the home closed in 1926 and the children moved to St Catherine's Home at Hampstead.

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.