St Peter's Home, Malvern Wells, Worcestershire

St Peter's Children's Home was opened by the Waifs and Strays Society in 1921 at Cowleigh Road, Malvern Wells, Worcestershire. The home could accommodate 30 boys aged from 4 to 10.

Former St Peter's Home, Malvern Wells, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

The home was in an elevated location with a large kitchen garden and a playing field to its rear.

Former St Peter's Home, Malvern Wells, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

The home closed on January 5th, 1971. The property 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.