Knoyle Home for Girls, Salisbury, Wiltshire

The Knoyle Home for Girls was opened by the Waifs and Strays Society in 1888 at The Green, East Knoyle, near Salisbury. It could accommodate 7 girls aged from 6 to 14.

The Green was separated from East Knoyle by a three-quarter mile walk across Windmill Hill. Children at the home made the journey each day to attend school and were accompanied by Janet, the daughter of the matron of the home, Annie Ricketts.

The home closed in around 1898, probably because of its small size and inconvenient location.

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.