St Nicholas' Home for Boys, West Boldon, County Durham

The St Nicholas' Home for Boys was erected by the Waifs and Strays Society in 1905-6 at Dipe Lane, West Boldon, County Durham. The foundation stone for the building was laid by the Marchioness of Londonderry on September 21st, 1905, and was opened by the Assistant Bishop of Durham, Noel Hodges, on July 10th, 1906.

St Nicholas' Home for Boys, West Boldon, c.1908. © Peter Higginbotham

St Nicholas' Home for Boys, West Boldon, c.1908. © Peter Higginbotham

St Nicholas' Home for Boys, West Boldon, c.1912. © Peter Higginbotham

Boys 'on parade' at St Nicholas' Home, West Boldon, c.1924. © Peter Higginbotham

St Nicholas' Home for Boys, West Boldon, c.1926. © Peter Higginbotham

In 1960, the establishment ceased being a boys' home and was converted for use as a family group home. It closed in 1973 with the staff and children being transferred to the St Aidan's Home at Tynemouth.

The Dipe Lane property no longer exists.

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.