St Aidan's Home for Boys, St John Lee / Fallowfield, Northumberland

In 1940, the Waifs and Strays Society evacuated the residents of its St Aidan's Home for Boys at Tynemouth to the Rectory of St John Lee Church, near Acomb. Nine months later, a further move of around two miles was made to a farm known as Fallowfield near Wall, where the home remained until the end of the war in 1945.

Fallowfield was a rather remote spot. Hexham, the nearest town of any size, was a three-mile walk away. The house did, however, have two large fields for playing games such as football or cricket, and plenty of opportunity for sledging in the winter.

In 1945, St Aidan's returned to Tynemouth.

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.