Shaftesbury / Carruthers Corfield House Home, Rustington, Sussex

The Shaftesbury House Home was opened by the Children's Society (formerly the Waifs and Strays Society) in 1951 on Shaftesbury Road, Rustington. The home was used as a hostel for children with diabetes, the third to be established by the Society along with St George's at Kersal near Manchester, and St Monica's at Kingsdown in Kent.

Around 20 children aged from 8 to 16 were accommodated at the hostel. The younger residents slept in small dormitories. The older ones had their own room and were taught skills such as cooking and how to plan their own diet, to prepare them for living independently.

In 1963, the hostel was renamed Carruthers Corfield House to mark the ninetieth birthday of the home's medical advisor.

In 1971, the home was converted for use a Family Home, with the matron and children from the nearby Fairlight taking up residence.

The home is believed to have finally closed in around 1981. The property no longer exists.


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  • 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.