Receiving Home for Boys, Stockwell, London

The Stockwell Receiving Home for Boys was established by the Waifs and Strays Society in 1914 at 197 Clapham Road, Stockwell. It replaced the Islington Technical Home which had relocated to Wellingborough the previous year. The home was formally opened by the Bishop of Southwark on June 3rd, 1914. It could house 30 boys aged from 6 to 14.

Receiving Home for Boys, Stockwell, c.1914. © Peter Higginbotham

Like the Society's other Receiving Homes, Stockwell provided temporary accommodation for children coming into the Society's care. After being assessed, given a medical check-up, a bath and new clothes, the children typically spent two or three weeks at the home before being moved to one of the Society's branch homes or placed in a foster home. In addition, the home provided emergency accommodation for children that needed immediate shelter, and could also be used by 'old boys' of the Society's homes who needed temporary accommodation.

Matron and inmates at the Receiving Home for Boys, Stockwell, c.1914. © Peter Higginbotham

Garden at the Receiving Home for Boys, Stockwell, c.1914. © Peter Higginbotham

Receiving Home for Boys, Stockwell, c.1924. © Peter Higginbotham

When the Society's Peckham Receiving Home for Boys closed in July 1925, its residents were transferred to the Stockwell home which was subsequently renamed St Cyprian's Home for Boys. However, the home closed just two later in 1927.

The Clapham Road premises no longer exist.

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.