Eversholt House, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

In 1938, a property known as Eversholt House, on Grove Place, Bedford, was donated to the Waifs and Strays Society by Mr E.F. Green, for use as a children's home in memory of his father.

Initially, the home was used to house children temporarily evacuated from the Society's Maurice Home for Girls in Ealing, when the threat of war seemed imminent.

The evacuees returned to Ealing later that year, with the establishment then re-opening as the St Margaret's home, accommodating 25 girls.

In 1981, a unit for teenagers was set up at the home, aiming to provide a halfway house between institutionalised care and subsequent independent living.

The property ceased its role as a children's home in 1984 and is now in private residential use.

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.