Wick House Nursery, Brislington, Bristol, Gloucestershire

the Wick House Nursery was opened in 1925 by the Waifs and Strays Society at Wick Road, Brislington, near Bristol. The property, which had been donated top the Society by Mr and Mrs Walter James, provided accommodation for up to 20 children aged from 2 to 5 years The home was officially opened by the Duchess of Beaufort and dedicated by the Archdeacon of Bristol on April 20th, 1925.

Wick House Nursery, Brislington, Bristol, c.1925. © Peter Higginbotham

Wick House Nursery, Brislington, Bristol, c.1925. © Peter Higginbotham

Wick House Nursery, Brislington, Bristol, c.1925. © Peter Higginbotham

Wick House Nursery, Brislington, Bristol, c.1929. © Peter Higginbotham

Wick House Nursery, Brislington, Bristol, c.1931. © Peter Higginbotham

The home was evacuated in 1941 to operate as the Cholwell House for Babies at Temple Cloud in Somerset. It moved again in 1945 to become the Wick House Nursery in Weston-Super-Mare.

The home returned to Brislington after the war. Its facilities were extended in 1952 to allow it to cater for newborn babies as well as older children. After a closure for renovations in 1962-64, the home continued in use until around 1975.

The property is now used as a nursing home.

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.