Wincheap Training Home for Girls / Queen Bertha's Home, Canterbury, Kent

An Industrial School existed by at least 1865 at 71 Wincheap Street, Canterbury. By the 1890s, the establishment was known as the Wincheap Training Home.

In around 1905, the home was taken over by the Waifs and Strays Society and was subsequently known as Queen Bertha's Home for Girls. In 1912, the it could accommodate 24 girls aged 7 to 14.

Wincheap Training Home for Girls, Canterbury, c.1907. © Peter Higginbotham

Wincheap Training Home for Girls, Canterbury, c.1908. © Peter Higginbotham

Wincheap Training Home for Girls, Canterbury, c.1917. © Peter Higginbotham

The home closed in 1919. The property no longer exists and a petrol station occupies its former site.

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.