Newchurch In Rossendale Home for Girls, Lancashire

The Rossendale Cottage Home for Girls was established in around 1890 and occupied premises at Tunstead, Stacksteads, near Bacup. It was an independently run home for orphan and poor law girls, with a payment of five shillings a week required for each child in residence. The home accommodated 18 girls aged from 3 to 13 who were trained in laundry work.

In 1905, the Waifs and Strays Society took over the running of the home, now located at 22 Church Street, Newchurch in Rossendale. The minimum age of admission was raised to 6 years.

Rossendale Home for Girls, Church Street, Newchurch, c.1907. © Peter Higginbotham

The Home closed in 1915 and the girls transferred to the new St Deny's Home at Clitheroe. The Church Street property is now in private residential use.

Former Newchurch Home for Girls.

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.