St David's Home for Boys, Dolgelley, Merionethshire, Wales

St David's Home for Boys was opened by the Waifs and Strays Society in 1904 at Dolgelley (now Dolgellau, also occasionally spelled Dolgelly), Merionethshire. The home was the successor to the St Deniol's Home at Arthog which had closed the previous year. The St David's Home could accommodate 20 boys, aged 6-13.

St David's Waifs and Strays' Home, Dolgelley, c.1903. © Peter Higginbotham

St David's Waifs and Strays' Home, Dolgelley, c.1903. © Peter Higginbotham

In 1911, the home's Master and Matron were Mr George Shepherd and his wife Bessie, with 17 boys in their care.

In the summer, the whole home spent a holiday at the seaside.

St David's Waifs and Strays' Home on holiday, c.1912. © Peter Higginbotham

St David's Waifs and Strays' Home, Dolgelley, c.1913. © Peter Higginbotham

By 1914, Mr G Cape, who by then had become master, joined up to fight in the First World War. He was replaced by a stand-in matron. In 1917, however, the home was closed.

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.