The Old Vicarage Nursery / Babies' Hostel, Kingsbury, Middlesex

The Old Vicarage Nursery (or 'Babies Hostel' as it appears on a map of the period), at 124 Kingsbury Road, Kingsbury, was operated by the Waifs and Strays Society from about 1933 to 1937. It accommodated 12 babies. The establishment may have been connected with the Home of St Peter and St Paul at Balham.

The premises were later used by Barnardo's as a Home for Working Girls. The building no longer exists.

Records

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Bibliography

  • Bowder, Bill Children First: a photo-history of England's children in need (1980, Mowbray)
  • Church of England Waifs and Strays' Society [Rudolfe, Edward de Montjoie] The First Forty Years: a chronicle of the Church of England Waifs and Strays' Society 1881-1920 (1922, Church of England Waifs and Strays' Society / S.P.C.K.)
  • Rudolf, Mildred de Montjoie Everybody's Children: the story of the Church of England Children's Society 1921-1948 (1950, OUP)
  • Stroud, John Thirteen Penny Stamps: the story of the Church of England Children's Society (Waifs and Strays) from 1881 to the 1970s (1971, Hodder and Stoughton)
  • Morris, Lester The Violets Are Mine: Tales of an Unwanted Orphan (2011, Xlibris Corporation) — memoir of a boy growing up in several of the Society's homes (Princes Risborough, Ashdon, Hunstanton, Leicester) in the 1940s and 50s.