St Christopher's Home, Doncaster, West Riding of Yorkshire

The St Christopher's Home was opened by the Waifs and Strays Society in 1905 at Hall Flat Lane, Balby, Doncaster. The property, a building formerly known as Old Hall, was purchased for the sum of £2,250. The home, which replaced the Society's previous Beckett Denison Home in Doncaster, was officially opened on September 23rd, 1905, by the Archbishop of York. It could accommodate 25 girls, aged 7-16.

St Christopher's Home, Doncaster, c.1911. © Peter Higginbotham

St Christopher's Home, Doncaster, c.1932. © Peter Higginbotham

St Christopher's Home, Doncaster, c.1932. © Peter Higginbotham

Former St Christopher's Home, Doncaster, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

In 1957, St Christopher's briefly became a boys' home before finally closing in 1960. The property has now been converted to flats

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.