Mount Hermon Home for Girls, Hastings, Sussex

The Mount Hermon Home for Girls was established in 1886 by the Hastings Ladies' Association for the Care of Friendless Girls. The Home occupied a property known as Mount Hermon at 38 Ashburnham Road, Hastings. It could accommodate up 18 girls, aged 11 to 17, who through the loss or neglect of their parents were unprepared to earn their living. A charge of 2s. 6d. a week was made for girls from the local area, with others paying 4s.

In around 1905, following a merger with the Brixton Girls' Protective Home, the institution became known as Hastings Ladies' Association and Girls' Protective Home.

Mount Hermon, Hastings, c.1915. © Peter Higginbotham

Mount Hermon, Hastings, c.1915. © Peter Higginbotham

A common practice in children's homes was for a bed or cot to be paid for by a donor. Here is the "J. Wood Latimer Cot".

J. Wood Latimer Cot, Mount Hermon, Hastings, c.1915. © Peter Higginbotham

Mount Hermon, Hastings, c.1915. © Peter Higginbotham

By the 1930s, the Home was being run for girls of school age by the Children's Aid Society.

Mount Hermon, Hastings, 1930s. © Peter Higginbotham

The property is now a private residence.

Records

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  • The records of the Children's Aid Society were inherited by Barnardo's. Barnardo's Family History Service deals with enquiries regarding records of individual children — various services are available costing from £15 upwards.
  • Making Connections — a service for those wishing to access their Barnardo's adoption records.
  • Barnardo's historical administrative records are now deposited with Liverpool University's Social Welfare Archives with stringent restrictions on their access.

Bibliography

  • The Children's Aid Society: its work and its aims. (1938)
  • None noted at present.