Arnold Grove Home for Girls, Southwell, Nottinghamshire

The Arnold Grove Home for Girls was opened by the Waifs and Strays Society in February 1887 in the house of that name on Church Street, Arnold, near Southwell. The large property was capable of accommodating up to 50 girls aged from 12 to 16, although the total in residence never exceeded 30.

Girls at the home were expected to enter domestic service and they were trained in various household skills such as laundry and kitchen work. The home seems to have developed a good reputation for its cooking, with some of its produce being sold locally.

In 1894, the home was transferred to Newark where it became the St Barnabas' Home for Girls.

Arnold Grove (or Arnoldgrove) no longer survives. Mellors Road now covers the site of the 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.