Florence Anderson House Home / East Court Nursery, Ramsgate, Kent
The Florence Anderson House Home (more usually known as East Court Nursery) was opened by the Waifs and Strays Society in 1953. It was located in East Court, a house on Victoria Parade, Ramsgate, whose purchase had been made possible by money bequeathed for charitable use by local benefactor Florence Anderson. The official opening in 1954 was carried out by the Duchess of Gloucester, with the dedication ceremony being performed by the Bishop of Dover.
The home provided accommodation for 24 children aged from 2 months to 2 years. Its first residents came from the Davidson Nursery at Broadstairs which was being closed.
In 1971, the closure of the Ellendeane Home at Bexhill brought 15 older children to East Court, making it one of the Society's growing number of 'all-range' homes.
The home closed in 1982. The property was then occupied by the East Court School for dyslexic boys.
Note: many repositories impose a closure period of up to 100 years for records identifying individuals. Before travelling a long distance, always check that the records you want to consult will be available.
- The Children's Society Records and Archives Centre is at Edward Rudolf House, Margery Street, London, WC1X 0JL (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Files for children admitted to its homes after September 1926 were microfilmed in the 1980s and the originals destroyed. Some post-1926 files had already been damaged or destroyed during a flood.
The Society's Post-Adoption and Care Service provides access to records, information, advice, birth record counselling, tracing and intermediary service for people who were in care or adopted through the Society.
- The Society has produced detailed catalogues of its records relating to disabled children, and of records relating to the Children's Union (a fundraising body mostly supported from the contributions of children).
- 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.
- Hidden Lives Revealed — the story of the children who were in the care of The Children's Society in late Victorian and early 20th Century Britain.
- The Children's Society
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