St Ethelburga's Home for Girls, Loughton, Essex

St Ethelburga's Home for Girls, at Loughton, was opened by the Waifs and Strays Society in 1908. It replaced the Alexandra Home for Girls in Kilburn whose cramped building stood directly next to a railway line.

Moving from Kilburn to Loughton, 1908. © Peter Higginbotham

The new home, located at 28 York Hill, Loughton, had previously housed the Oriolet Hospital and Convalescent Home, notable for being a vegetarian establishment. St Ethelburga's was officially opened on July 3rd, 1908, by the Bishop of Barking. It accommodated 40 girls aged from 8 to 14 years.

St Ethelburga's Home for Girls, Loughton, c.1908. © Peter Higginbotham

St Ethelburga's Home for Girls, Loughton, c.1908. © Peter Higginbotham

St Ethelburga's Home for Girls, Loughton, c.1908. © Peter Higginbotham

St Ethelburga's Home for Girls, Loughton, c.1920. © Peter Higginbotham

The home closed in 1922. The building was then occupied by the York House Hotel until it was demolished in 1930. The site is now covered by the housing of York Crescent.

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.