Charlton House Home for Girls, Gloucester, Gloucestershire
A Training Home for Girls was established in around 1885 by the Gloucester Branch of the Ladies' Association for the Care of Friendless Girls. By the mid-1890s, the home was operating at Charlton House, 48 Barton Street, Gloucester though may have previously been based at 5 Priory Place. Its object was 'the industrial training of girls of 12 to 16 who, by the poverty or bad influences of their homes, are in difficulty or danger.' In 1901, there were 18 girls in residence aged from 8 to 16, with Miss Jane Hellin as Matron.
In about 1906, the home was taken over by the Waifs and Strays Society and plans and plans made to construct a new building in a more salubrious location. From around this date, the home's address is given as 87 Barton Street, although this may simply be due to a renumbering of the properties on the road. It is not clear whether any move ever took place.
The home closed in 1915. The Charlton House building no longer survives and the site is now occupied by part of the GL1 leisure centre.
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- Index of the Society's first 30,000 children's case files ordered by surname.
- Index of the Society's first 30,000 children's case files ordered by date of birth.
- The Children's Society Records and Archive Centre is at Block A Floor 2, Tower Bridge Business Complex, 100 Clement's Road, London, England SE16 4DG (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Files for children admitted to its homes after September 1926 were microfilmed in the 1980s and the originals destroyed. Some post-1926 files had already been damaged or destroyed during a flood. The Society's Post-Adoption and Care Service provides access to records, information, advice, birth record counselling, tracing and intermediary service for people who were in care or adopted through the Society.
- The Society has produced detailed catalogues of its records relating to disabled children, and of records relating to the Children's Union (a fundraising body mostly supported from the contributions of children).
- 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.)
- Higginbotham, Peter Children's Homes: A History of Institutional Care for Britain s Young (2017, Pen & Sword)
- 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.
- 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)
- Hidden Lives Revealed — the story of the children who were in the care of The Children's Society in late Victorian and early 20th Century Britain.
- The Children's Society
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