Spennell's House, Kidderminster, Worcestershire
In May 1946, Barnardo's opened a home in an old house known as Spennell's (or Spennells) on Comberton Road, Lower Comberton, near Kidderminster. Originally used just for boys aged from 5 to 14, it later became a mixed home for children of all ages.
The location of the home is shown on the 1954 map below.
In the 1960s, the home moved to new buildings in the grounds of the old house.
Spennell's House closed in 1982. The buildings no longer survive and a residential road, Cardinal Drive, now covers the site.
Note: many repositories impose a closure period of up to 100 years for records identifying individuals.
- 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.
- The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU. File BN62/1304 — inspection reports (1962-70). [Access closed for 75 years]
- Barnardo, Syrie Louise, and Marchant, James Memoirs of the Late Dr Barnardo (Hodder & Stoughton, 1907)
- Batt, J.H. Dr. Barnardo: The Foster-Father of "Nobody's Children" (S.W. Partridge, 1904)
- Bready, J. Wesley Doctor Barnardo (Allen & Unwin, 1930)
- Rose, June For the Sake of the Children: Inside Dr. Barnardo's: 120 years of caring for children (Hodder & Stoughton, 1987)
- Wagner, Gillian Barnardo (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1979)
- The Barnardo's website.
- The Goldonian Website — memories and information from former Barnardo's children.
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