Marylebone Receiving Home and Training Home, Marylebone, London

The Marylebone Receiving Home and Training Home was opened in 1905 at 194 Marylebone Road, Marylebone. The premises had previously housed the Society's St Hilda's Home for Girls.

The receiving home provided temporary accommodation for children under the age of eight who were coming into the Society's care. After being assessed, given a medical check-up, a bath and new clothes, the children typically spent two or three weeks at the home before being moved to one of the Society's branch homes or placed in a foster home. There were also places for five older girls at the home who were being prepared for domestic service and also helped with the care the younger ones.

Temporary inmates at Marylebone Receiving Home and Training Home, 1906. © Peter Higginbotham

House Girls at Marylebone Receiving Home and Training Home, 1906. © Peter Higginbotham

The home was closed in 1909 and replaced by the new St Elizabeth's Receiving Home in Clapham.

The 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.