The Old Barn Home, West Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset

The Old Barn Home, at West Lulworth, near Wareham, was operated by the Waifs and Strays Society from around 1948, with the property being purchased outright in 1953. It was one of the Society's smallest homes, accommodating just seven children aged from 3 to 14. The girls attended a local village school while the boys travelled to another a few miles away.

The house was extended in 1972, adding a new kitchen, lounge, and a two extra bedrooms so that the older children did not have to share.

The home closed in 1978. The property is now a bed-and-breakfast establishment.

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.