Ryecroft Home, Manchester, Lancashire

The Ryecroft Home, on Aviary Road, Worsley, near Manchester was opened by the a Waifs and Strays Society in 1939 as a replacement for the existing Worsley Home for Boys. Construction of the purpose-built premises was funded by a gift of £5,400 from Mr and Mrs A Smith. The building's foundation stone was laid in February 1939 and it seems probable that the Worsley boys were still at the old home when the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939 resulted in their evacuation to Shap. They soon returned, however, and the new home was formally opened on February 10th, 1940, with a service of dedication being performed by the Bishop of Manchester.

Ryecroft Home, Manchester, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

The home became mixed in around 1950. In 1973, it became an Assisted Community Home, forming links with the local council.

The property is now a private residence.


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  • 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.