Aberdare Memorial Home for Boys, Highgate, London

The Aberdare Memorial Home was established in 1930 by the Children's Aid Society in a property known as Tray's Hill Hall at 120 Hornsey Lane, Highgate, London N6. The formal opening on April 10th, 1930, was performed by the Duke of York who on the same day also opened the new premises for the Grotto Home nearby. The Aberdare Home accommodated boys aged from 10 to 15 years.

The Duke of York and officiating party, April 10th, 1930. © Peter Higginbotham

In the early 1930s, the Home relocated to West Wickham in Kent.

The Tray's Hill Hall premises no longer survive.

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.