Home for Training Girls of Feeble Intellect, Hitchin, Hertfordshire
In 1892, the Metropolitan Association for Befriending Young Servants (MABYS) opened a Home for Training Girls of Feeble Intellect at Scott House, 1 The Triangle, Hitchin, Hertfordshire. The premises could accommodate up to 20 girls, aged 12 upwards, who were 'young girls from Metropolitan Poor Law Schools and others who are likely to improve with prolonged training.' On 26th September, 1892, the establishment was formally licensed as a Certified School.
The Home was still in use in 1939 when it was described as a training home for backward girls aged 14 to 16 years, with a charge made of 17s. 6d. per week.
The property is now occupied by the Lord Lister Hotel.
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- Fairly few records relating to MABYS appear to survive. Try using the National Archives Discovery system to search for either "Metropolitan Association For Befriending Young Servants" or "MABYS Association".
- Higginbotham, Peter Children's Homes: A History of Institutional Care for Britain s Young (2017, Pen & Sword)
- None identified at present.
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