St Barnabas' Home for Girls, Newark, Lincolnshire

The St Barnabas' Home for Girls was established in 1894 by the Waifs and Strays Society at 53 Mill Gate, Newark, replacing the Society's Arnold Grove home at Southwell. The official opening took place on June 15th, 1894, with the Bishop of Derby performing a service of dedication.

The home could accommodate 30 girls aged from 14 to 16. Like Arnold Grove, St Barnabas' was a training home, with the girls being taught household skills, primarily washing and laundry work, as a preparation for domestic service.

St Barnabas' Home, Newark, c.1903. © Peter Higginbotham

Laundry girls at St Barnabas' Home, Newark, c.1903. © Peter Higginbotham

St Barnabas' Home, Newark, c.1909. © Peter Higginbotham

St Barnabas' Home, Newark, c.1913. © Peter Higginbotham

Laundry girls at St Barnabas' Home, Newark, c.1920. © Peter Higginbotham

Laundry girls at St Barnabas' Home, Newark, c.1920. © Peter Higginbotham

Laundry for outside customers was collected and delivered by horse and cart.

Laundry girls at St Barnabas' Home, Newark, c.1914. © Peter Higginbotham

The home closed in 1921 and the staff and children were transferred to the St Winifred's Home for Girls in Balham, South London.

The Mill Gate property is now a private residence.

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.