St Cadoc's Home for Girls, Caerleon, near Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales

St Cadoc's Home for Girls was opened by the Waifs and Strays Society in 1903 at Caerleon, near Newport. It was formally opened on September 14th, 1903, with Canon Francis Bedwell conducting its ceremony of dedication to St Cadoc. Initially, the home was temporarily based in a pair of converted cottages near the railway station, while fund-raising was carried out to build permanent premises. Land for the home was donated by Viscount Tredegar who was a vice-president of the Society and known to many of its children as its Grand Old Uncle. A foundation stone for the new building was laid at a ceremony held on September 14th, 1907.

Laying of foundation stone at St Cadoc's Home, Caerleon, 1907. © Peter Higginbotham

The formal opening of the completed building took place on June 28th, 1908. The new home, at 11a Norman Street, Caerleon, could accommodate 20 girls aged from 6 to 14.

St Cadoc's Home for Girls, Caerleon, c.1908. © Peter Higginbotham

St Cadoc's Home for Girls, Caerleon, c.1908. © Peter Higginbotham

St Cadoc's Home for Girls, Caerleon, c.1915. © Peter Higginbotham

St Cadoc's Home Girls on Penarth Beach, c.1923. © Peter Higginbotham

St Cadoc's Home for Girls, Caerleon, c.1930. © Peter Higginbotham

The home closed in 1984. The property is now occupied by the National Autistic Society.

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.