St Budoc's Home for Boys, Falmouth, Cornwall

St Budoc's Home for Boys was opened by the Waifs and Strays Society home in 1930 in a property known as 'Pencaer' on Melvill (or Melville) Road, Falmouth. It provided accommodation for 30 boys aged from 7 to 14. St Budoc's replaced the Society's Morfa home in Newquay whose lease had expired.

New arrivals being welcomed at St Budoc's Home for Boys, Falmouth, c.1930. © Peter Higginbotham

St Budoc's Home for Boys, Falmouth, c.1930. © Peter Higginbotham

The home was closed in 1967 and the site was then acquired by the local council's children's department who continued to operate it as a children's home. The property is now used as a residential care home for the elderly.

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.