Ingledene, Bowdon, Cheshire

A large house known as Ingledene, at 2 Richmond Road, Bowdon, was used during the Second World War as a children's nursery. In 1946, the Waifs and Strays Society purchased the property for use as a residential nursery home for 26 children up to the age of five. The home also served as a training school for nursery nurses.

Ingledene, Bowdon, c.2011.

In 1974, when the Society's St Christopher's Home at Altrincham closed, its residents were transferred to Ingledene.

In the 1980s, the home became a treatment centre for children with severe emotional problems. In 1989, a unit for teenagers was established at the home to provide support for those making the transition between institutional care and independent living.

Ingledene finally closed in 1991 and was sold off the following year. The property is now a private residence.


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  • 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.