St Cecilia's Home for Girls, Surbiton, Surrey

St Cecilia's Home for Girls was opened in 1917 by Waifs and Strays Society at 11 Cadogan Road, Surbiton. The property had previously house the St martin's Home for Crippled Boys. It its new role, it could accommodate up to 28 girls aged from 7 to 14, most of whom were children whose fathers had died or had been left disabled during the First World War.

St Cecilia's Home for Girls, Surbiton, date unknown. © Peter Higginbotham

Darning stockings in the garden at St Cecilia's Home for Girls, Surbiton, c.1922. © Peter Higginbotham

Children and staff at St Cecilia's Home for Girls, Surbiton, c.1927. © Peter Higginbotham

The home closed in 1933. The premises are now in private residential use.

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.