St Catherine's Home for Girls, Stroud Green, London

In 1887, as a commemoration of the Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee, a Preventive Home for Little Girls was founded by Mrs Mary Linklater, the wife of the Vicar of Stroud Green. Its aim was to rescue children from bad homes or surroundings and train them for domestic service.

In 1912, the home, which was then located at 2 Nelson Road, Stroud Green, was taken over by the Waifs and Strays Society and given the name St Catherine's. It could accommodate 20 girls aged from 7 to 14.

St Catherine's Home for Girls, Stroud Green, c.1923. © Peter Higginbotham

St Catherine's Home for Girls, Stroud Green, c.1924. © Peter Higginbotham

The modest terraced house, with no garden or play area, was increasingly felt to be unsatisfactory. In 1926, the home was relocated to new premises at Hampstead.

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.