Church Home for Girls / Connaught House, Lowestoft, Suffolk

The Church Home for Girls was opened by the Waifs and Strays Society in 1895 at 123 High Street, Lowestoft. It replaced the Society's Lee Cottage home at Dickleburgh and could accommodate 26 girls, aged from 5 to 15. The formal opening took place on March 19th, 1895, with the Bishop of Thetford performing the dedication of the home.

In 1903, the home was renamed the Connaught House Home for Girls.

Church Home for Girls, High Street, Lowestoft, c.1913. © Peter Higginbotham

The home closed in 1915, following the expiry of the property's lease.

Connaught House was eventually replaced by the Society's St Nicholas' home in Lowestoft.

The home closed in 1915. The property is now in 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.