St John's Home for Girls, Erdington, Birmingham, Warwickshire

On October 26th, 1936, the St John's Approved School for Roman Catholic Senior Girls was established at 18 Gravelly Hill North, Erdington, Birmingham. The establishment was run by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul and accommodated up to 54 girls, aged between the 15th and 17th birthdays at their date of admission. The girls were given domestic training and occupied in laundry work.

On December 9th, 1948, the property at 12 Gravelly Hill North was added to the School premises.

In 1973, the School became a Community Home with Education (CHE). The Daughters of Charity withdrew from the School in 1974 but it continued in operation for a period.

In more recent times, 18 Gravelly Hill North Youth has been occupied by Offending Services offices.

Former St John's Home for Girls, Erdington, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham


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