Dinas Orphanage / Training Home for Girls, Brecon, Breconshire, Wales

The Dinas Training Home for Orphan Girls was established in 1882 by the Girls' Friendly Society at Dinas Road, Brecon. The home could house up to 8 girls aged 6 to 12 years who were trained for eventual employment in domestic service. A payment of five shillings a week was requested for each girl, although some free cases were also admitted.

Dinas Training Home for Orphan Girls, Brecon, c.1909. © Peter Higginbotham

On 14th September, 1882, the Home was accredited as a Certified School, allowing it to receive girls boarded out by the Boards of Guardians who administered the poor relief and workhouse system.

In 1909, the running of the establishment was taken over by the Waifs and Strays Society, then becoming known as the Dinas Orphanage for Girls.

The home closed in 1918. The property is now believed to be in private residential use.

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.