St Anne's / Quarry Mount, Ormskirk, Lancashire

The St Anne's home was opened by the Waifs and Strays Society in 1941 at Greetby Hill, Ormskirk. The home's first residents came from the Scholfield Home for Girls at Wavertree, who had been temporarily evacuated to Pontesbury, near Shrewsbury.

The home became mixed in 1951. From the 1970s, the home was known as Quarry Mount. In 1973, it adopted the status of an Assisted Community Home, developing links with the local council's children's department. A house-parent during this period, Roy Feather, was later found guilty of the sexual abuse of seven girls at the home.

A modern housing development, which retains the name Quarry Mount, now occupies the site.

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.