Worsley Home for Boys, Manchester, Lancashire

The Worsley Home for Boys was opened by the Waifs and Strays Society in 1898 at 4 Mill Brow, Worsley, near Manchester. The official opening, on August 8th, 1898, was carried out by Lady Ellesmere following a service at the local parish church. The home, one of the Society's smallest, originally accommodated just six boys, from 2 to 11 years of age.

Worsley Home for Boys, Manchester, c.1902. © Peter Higginbotham

Worsley Home for Boys, Manchester, c.1907. © Peter Higginbotham

The home expanded in 1905 when the neighbouring cottage was acquired, taking the home's capacity to 18.

Worsley Home for Boys, Manchester, c.1907. © Peter Higginbotham

Worsley Home for Boys, Manchester, c.1909. © Peter Higginbotham

Worsley Home for Boys, Manchester, c.1922. © Peter Higginbotham

Worsley Home for Boys, Manchester, c.1930. © Peter Higginbotham

Worsley Home for Boys, Manchester, c.1931. © Peter Higginbotham

At the advent of the Second World War in 1939, the home was closed and the boys were evacuated to Shap, in Westmorland. The following year, they returned to take up residence in the new Ryecroft Home and the old premises were disposed of.

The Mill Brow property is now in private residential use.

Worsley Home for Boys, Manchester, 2012. © Peter Higginbotham

Worsley Home for Boys, Manchester, 2012. © Peter Higginbotham

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.