LCC Duxhurst Girls' Reformatory, Reigate, Surrey
On March 15, 1917, the London County Council formally began operation of a Reformatory School in premises at Duxhurst Lane, Reigate. The School could accommodate up 12 girls, aged from 14 to 16 years. It was superintended by Lady Henry Somerset who had founded a residential colony for inebriates at Duxhurst.
In November, 1914, the establishment was relocated to new premises at Duxhurst, known as St Ursula's Cottage and St Bridget's Cottage, where up to 24 girls could be housed. The School was also occasionally referred to as the Home of the Holy Redeemer.
Initially, the School's certificate was intended to expire three months after the end of the First World War. However, the School remained in operation until August, 1921.
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- No records noted at present for this establishment — any information welcome.
- Carpenter, Mary Reformatory Schools, for the Children of the Perishing and Dangerous Classes, and for Juvenile Offenders (1851, General Books)
- Carlebach, Julius Caring for Children in Trouble (1970, Routledge & Kegan Paul)
- Abel Smith, Doroth Crouchfield: A History of the Herts Training School 1857-1982 (2008, Able Publishing)
- Garnett, Emmeline Juvenile offenders in Victorian Lancashire: W J Garnnett and the Bleasdale Reformatory (2008, Regional Heritage Centre, Lancaster University)
- Hicks, J.D. The Yorkshire Catholic Reformatory, Market Weighton (1996, East Yorkshire Local History Society)
- Slocombe, Ivor Wiltshire Reformatory for Boys, Warminster, 1856-1924 (2005, Hobnob Press)
- Duckworth, J.S. The Hardwicke Reformatory School, Gloucestershire (in Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society, 1995, Vol. 113, 151-165)
- No surviving local records identified at present.
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