Frances Pochin Nursery / Frances Pochin House Home, Southport, Lancashire

The Frances Pochin House home was opened by the Waifs and Strays Society in 1947 at 65 Roe Lane, Southport, Lancashire. It replaced the Victoria Home for Toddlers that had briefly occupied premises in Formby.

In 1949, the establishment was converted for use as a mixed branch home and renamed the Frances Pochin House Home. In 1961, its role changed again, becoming known as the Northern Admissions Centre, dealing with urgent cases needing admission to Society care. In 1973, the home became an Assisted Community Home, developing links with local council children's departments and focusing on children with emotional difficulties.

In more recent times, the property has been occupied by a private nursing home.

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.