St Joseph's Cottage Home, Hinton Martell, near Wimborne, Dorset

St Joseph's Cottage Home 'for little boys taken from bad homes' was established in 1903 by Father Alban Henry Baverstock at Hinton Martell, near Wimborne, Dorset. The Home was run under the auspices of the Holy Family Homes, a Society of Anglo-Catholics in which Baverstock was a leading figure. The Society aimed to extend to children 'the advantages of a real home life'. St Joseph's could accommodate 14 boys, aged from 5 to 12 years at their date of admission.

St Joseph's Cottage Home, Hinton Martell, c.1909. © Peter Higginbotham

St Joseph's Cottage Home inmates, Hinton Martell, c.1909. © Peter Higginbotham

St Joseph's Cottage Home - youngest inmate, Hinton Martell, c.1909. © Peter Higginbotham

St Joseph's Cottage Home inmates, Hinton Martell, c.1910. © Peter Higginbotham

By 1908, the Home had set up a Boy Scouts Patrol which provided useful occupation for the boys on Saturdays and in the holidays. In the summer of that year, the Patrol undertook a forty-mile walking expedition lasting three days and visiting Bowerchalke (where the photo below was taken), Salisbury, Fordingbridge and Aldershot.

St Joseph's Cottage Home Scout Patrol at Bowerchalke, 1908. © Peter Higginbotham

In 1909, St Joseph's established a 'continuation home' known as St Crispin's in Bournemouth, where older boys were transferred.

St Joseph's is believed to have closed in the 1930s.

Records

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  • No records noted at present for this establishment — any information welcome.

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