Galloway Home For Girls, Bowdon, Cheshire

At the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, the children from the Galloway Home for Girls, run by the Waifs and Strays Society, were evacuated to a property at Bowdon, in Cheshire.

The following year, after Bowdon had been judged to lack adequate air-raid defences, the girls returned to Whalley Range.

The identity of the Bowdon home has not been identified. However, in 1946, the Society purchased a property in Bowdon known as Ingledene as a residential nursery home. Whether Ingledene might also have been the 1939 evacuation home is not known.

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.