Old Quebec Street Home for Girls, Marylebone, London

The Old Quebec Street Home for Girls, a Waifs and Strays Society home, was opened towards the end of 1882 at 14 Quebec Street, Marylebone. The home, the Society's third, was established by the Misses Lee following an anonymous donation of £250. The home could accommodate 21 girls aged from 7 to 14.

On February 28th, 1883, the home was certified to receive pauper children placed by the Boards of Guardians who ran the poor relief and workhouse system. By the end of that year, half of the girls at the home had come via this route.

In the summer each year, girls had a holiday at the seaside. In 1885, the destination was Dover.

Old Quebec Street Home for Girls on holiday at Dover, 1885. © Peter Higginbotham

Towards the end of 1885, the home moved to larger and more convenient premises at 123 Marylebone Road, where 30 girls aged from 7 to 12 could be accommodated. Many of the girls attended the nearby Marylebone Central School. Domestic service was a common destination for girls from the home and, as part of their contribution to the running of the home, they learned the basic skills of housework, laundry work and needlework.

Old Quebec Street Home for Girls, Marylebone, c.1892. © Peter Higginbotham

The home's daily timetable in 1892 is shown below.

 6 or 6.30to 7.457.459 to 12.1512.452 to 4.1555.306 to 77
MONDAY TO FRIDAYRiseHouseworkPrayers and BreakfastSchoolDinnerSchoolTeaHouseworkPlay or Walk (in SummerPrayers and Supper
SATURDAYHousework and WalkNeedlework and Darning
SUNDAYSunday School, Short Service, and WalkSunday School or Children's ServiceWriting, Singing, etc.

Following the opening in 1896 of the St Hilda's Home For Girls at New Street, Dorset Square, the Marylebone Road home was closed.

The Old Quebec Street and Marylebone Road premises no longer exist.

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.