Eaton Hill Home, Little Eaton, Derbyshire

The Waifs and Strays Society opened its Eaton Hill babies' home on Alfreton Road, Little Eaton, in 1944. The property, the former home of Harry Erskine Currey, was offered to the Society by Mr Currey's relatives after his death in 1943.

The home was officially opened on July 19th, 1945, by Lady Inglefield. The Bishop of Derby, Dr A.E.J. Rawlinson, performed the dedication. The home, which could accommodate 24 children up to the age of two, was then already full. There were ten nurses in residence but a cook had yet to be found.

Eaton Hill, Little Eaton.

The home closed in 1982. The site continued as a children's home under the name of the Eaton Hill Therapeutic Community. The property has now been converted to private residential use.

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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.