Leopold House, Burdett Road, Limehouse, London
Barnardo's Leopold House home for boys was opened in January 1883 at 199 Burdett Road, Limehouse, London E3. The property had previously been occupied by St Paul's Industrial School for Boys.
The new home was formally opened by Prince Leopold, the youngest son of Queen Victoria, and was named in his honour. The property was extended in 1887 and could then accommodate up to 450 boys aged 10 to 13 years.
The property was the acquired by the Salvation Army as accommodation for the homeless but following the refusal of the local council to approve such use, the premises became a shoe and clothing factory. The building was destroyed by wartime bombing in 1941.
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.
- 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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