Flynn House Home, Wakefield, West Riding of Yorkshire

The Flynn House Home was opened by the Children's Society (formerly the Waifs and Strays Society) in 1968 at 192 Flanshaw Lane, Wakefield. It was a replacement for the Society's Bede Home in Wakefield, which was then being closed. The new home was named after Mr and Mrs Flynn who had served as house parents at St Bede's for two decades. Flynn House had previously been occupied by a council-run children's home known as Flanshaw Lodge.

Amongst the first residents at Flynn House were boys from the St Christopher's Home at Hunstanton in Norfolk, which was also being closed.

The home closed in 1976, with staff and residents being transferred to the Godfrey Walker Home at York which had been converted to a Family Group home for 18 children.

Former Flynn House Home, Wakefield, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

The Flynn House site was sold in 1978 and the property is now in private residential use.


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  • 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.