St Vincent's Orphan Home for Boys, Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

St Vincent's Orphan Home for Roman Catholic Boys was established in 1890 at 12 Wright Street, Kingston upon Hull. It was run by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul on behalf of Roman Catholic Diocese of Middlesbrough. The home could accommodate up to 50 boys, under the age of 14, who were classed as waifs and strays and whose faith or morals were in danger. No boy with an "incurable disease" was accepted.

Former St Vincent's Orphan Home for Boys, Wright Street, Hull, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

On 21st June, 1908, the foundation stone was laid for new, purpose-built premises on Queen's Road, Hull.

St Vincent's Orphan Home for Boys, Hull, June 21st, 1908.

The new building, designed by local architect Arthur Lowther, provided accommodation for up to 84 boys aged under 16.

St Vincent's Orphan Home for Boys, Hull, c.1911. © Peter Higginbotham

Dining room at St Vincent's Orphan Home for Boys, Hull, c.1911. © Peter Higginbotham

Recreation room at St Vincent's Orphan Home for Boys, Hull, c.1911. © Peter Higginbotham

Dormitory at St Vincent's Orphan Home for Boys, Hull, c.1911. © Peter Higginbotham

St Vincent's Orphan Home for Boys, Hull, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

St Vincent's Orphan Home for Boys, Hull, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

St Vincent's Orphan Home for Boys, Hull, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

St Vincent's Orphan Home for Boys, Hull, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

Immediately adjacent to the home was a Roman Catholic school which the boys would presumably have attended.

Roman Catholic School, Queen's Road, Hull, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

By the 1980s, the premises were being used as an old people's home, finally closing in around 1995. The site was then used as a bail hostel. More recently, the buildings have been converted to residential use.

Records

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Bibliography

  • Cleveland, Ernest St Vincent's Home for Boys