St Gregory's Home For Babies, Peverell, Plymouth, Devon

The St Gregory's Home For Babies was opened by the Waifs and Strays Society home in 1925 in premises on Tavistock Road, Peverell, Plymouth, Devon. It was officially opened on June 3rd, 1925, by Lady Florence Cecil, with the Bishop of Exeter performing the dedication.

The home provided places for 40 babies up to 2 years in age at their time of admission. It subsequently also provided a training facility for nursery nurses.

St Gregory's Home for Babies, Plymouth, c.1925 © Peter Higginbotham

St Gregory's Home for Babies, Plymouth, c.1926 © Peter Higginbotham

St Gregory's Home for Babies, Plymouth, c.1927 © Peter Higginbotham

St Gregory's Home for Babies, Plymouth, c.1927 © Peter Higginbotham

St Gregory's Home for Babies, Plymouth, c.1927 © Peter Higginbotham

Due to the increasing wartime dangers of its location, the home was closed in 1941 and the children and staff evacuated to the Barleythorpe Hall Home for Babies at Oakham, Rutland. A further relocation to place in 1947 to the Milton Lodge Home for Babies at Gillingham in Dorset.

The Plymouth premises are now home to the Plymouth Highbury Trust, which provided support for people with learning disabilities.

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.