Barleythorpe Hall Home for Babies, Oakham, Rutland

The Barleythorpe Hall Home for Babies was opened by the Waifs and Strays Society in 1941 and was located in the village of Barleythorpe, a mile or so to the north-west of Oakham. It was set up to receive residents evacuated from the Milton Lodge Home for Babies at Gillingham in Dorset.

The home closed in 1947, with the children returning to Gillingham.

Up until 2006, Barleythorpe Hall was used as a home for the elderly. The now semi-derelict property has recently been up for sale.

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.