All Saints' / Holy Cross Home for Girls, near Stourbridge, Worcestershire

The All Saints' Home for Girls was opened by the Waifs and Strays Society in 1910 opened on Summerfield Road at Holy Cross, Clent, near Stourbridge. It replaced the All Saints' Home at Belbroughton which was in need of expensive repairs. The new building, designed by Mr T Glazebrook, was officially opened on May 4th, 1910, with the Bishop of Worcester conducting a ceremony of dedication. Although the Clent home originally retained All Saints' title, it soon adopted the name of the area in which it was located, Holy Cross. The home could accommodate 20 girls aged from 3 to 15.

All Saints' / Holy Cross Home for Girls, Clent, c.1910. © Peter Higginbotham

All Saints' / Holy Cross Home for Girls, Clent, c.1914. © Peter Higginbotham

All Saints' / Holy Cross Home for Girls, Clent, c.1929. © Peter Higginbotham

All Saints' / Holy Cross Home for Girls, Clent, c.1927. © Peter Higginbotham

The home had a large garden whose care the girls contributed to.

All Saints' / Holy Cross Home for Girls, Clent, c.1932. © Peter Higginbotham

By the 1950s, Holy Cross had become a mixed home. From 1974, it was known as Holy Cross Lodge Family Home. It finally closed in around 1982. The property has now been converted to flats.

Former Holy Cross Home for Girls, Clent, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

Former Holy Cross Home for Girls, Clent, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

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.