St Deny's Home For Toddlers, Clitheroe, Lancashire

St Deny's Home For Toddlers was opened by the Waifs and Strays Society in 1915 as a replacement for the Society's home at Newchurch in Rossendale. St Deny's occupied a large house on Pimlico Road, Clitheroe, and initially accommodated 30 children, aged from 2 to 5 years.

The location of the home is shown on the 1932 map below.

St Deny's Home For Toddlers site, Clitheroe, c.1932.

St Deny's Home For Toddlers, Clitheroe, c.1916. © Peter Higginbotham

St Deny's Home For Toddlers, Clitheroe, c.1926. © Peter Higginbotham

The home's capacity was increased to 34 after building work was carried out in 1922. The children themselves helped pay for the work by performing in a pageant, which was a popular fund-raising event with the Society at the time. The St Deny's children's contribution to the proceedings was 'Children Through The Ages', featuring items such as 'Bethlehem' (the Nativity story), 'St Nicholas' (patron saint of children), 'St Gregory', 'St Cuthbert', 'The Boy Bishop', 'The Dame School', 'Old Street Cries', 'The Little Waif', and 'The Church Receiving the Children'. The pageant, which ran for three nights at a venue in Manchester, raised in the region of £250. In 1926, money raised by a fête in the home's garden paid for the installation of electric lighting at the property.

St Deny's Home For Toddlers, Clitheroe, c.1927. © Peter Higginbotham

St Deny's Home For Toddlers, Clitheroe, c.1932. © Peter Higginbotham

In the 1980s, the home was used to provide care for older children with difficult family backgrounds.

The home finally closed in 1992. The property no longer survives.

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.