The Firs Home for Girls, Hillingdon Heath, Uxbridge, Middlesex

The Firs Home for Girls was a 'cottage home' operated by the Waifs and Strays Society from around 1893 to 1902 at Hillingdon Heath, near Uxbridge. The home was located on London (now Uxbridge) Road at Hillingdon Heath, near Uxbridge, in the vicinity of Heath Road and just a few hundred yards from the Hillingdon Heath Home for Girls. In 1901 the matron was Mrs Amelia Churchill, with the ten girls in residence aged from 4 to 14.

The home trained girls for service and requested a £1 entrance fee and a £10 yearly payment for each girl.

It is thought that the home was a successor to the Society's Gould's Green Home for Girls.

The Firs Home closed in 1902. The property no longer exists.

Records

Note: many repositories impose a closure period of up to 100 years for records identifying individuals.

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.