St Edith's Home for Girls, Exeter, Devon

The St Edith's Home for Girls in Exeter was opened in 1939 by the Waifs and Strays Society as an evacuation home for thirty girls, aged 5 to 16, from the St Edith's Home at Fareham. The Exeter home, located at 3 Pennsylvania Crescent, was only used until 1942 when damage from bombing led to its relocation to new premises at Barton Pines, Blagdon, near Paignton. A further move was later made to Sampford Peverell where the girls remained until 1946.

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.