Home of the Holy Child / Sycamore House Home for Boys, Moseley, Staffordshire

The Home of the Holy Child (also known for a time as St Anne's Home) was founded in the 1870s by Emma Charlotte Simcox, a Sister of the Roman Catholic order of the Guild of St Alban the Martyr. The home was based at 36-37 Highgate Street, Moseley, where up to a dozen boys were housed, aged from 4 to 11 years.

In 1904, the establishment was handed over to the Waifs and Strays Society who renamed it the Sycamore Home.

By 1907, the building was considered to be no longer suitable and a move was made to new premises at 13 Park Road, Moseley. The new home was dedicated by the Archdeacon of Birmingham February 12th, just a few days after Miss Simcox had died. A brass tablet in her memory was placed in the hall of the home.

Sycamore House Home for Boys, Moseley, c.1907. © Peter Higginbotham

Sycamore House Home for Boys, Moseley, c.1929. © Peter Higginbotham

During the Second World War, the boys were evacuated to The Butts at Matlock, but returned after hostilities ceased. In 1949, Sycamore House became a mixed home.

The home closed in 1967. The property is now a private residence.

Former Sycamore House Home for Boys, Moseley, 2013. © 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.