Byfleet Receiving Home, West Byfleet, Surrey

The Byfleet Receiving Home was opened by the Waifs and Strays Society in 1893 at Chertsey Road, West Byfleet, Surrey. It was located immediately next door to the Society's St Nicholas' Home for Cripples and was opened on the same day, June 7th, 1893.

The home accommodated up to a dozen children who were coming into the Society's care until they were either placed with foster parents or found a permanent place in one of the various branch homes.

Byfleet Receiving Home, West Byfleet, c.1907. © Peter Higginbotham

The home was closed in around 1904.

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.