Court Lodge Home, Knockholt, Sevenoaks, Kent

The Court Lodge Home was opened by the Children's Society (formerly the Waifs and Strays Society) in 1964 in a large house on Main Road, Knockholt, near Sevenoaks. From 1951 until 1963, the property had been known as John Howard Mitchell House and used by the Fairbridge Society as reception centre for child migrants being sent to Australia.

Court Lodge was one of the Society's first 'all-range' homes, with a nursery of three babies plus 16 older boys and girls.

The home closed in 1976 and was then used for a scheme to provide short-stay accommodation for children with disabilities or with difficult home backgrounds.

The property is now privately owned.

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.