Gould's Green Home for Girls, West Drayton, Middlesex

The Gould's Green Home for Girls was a 'cottage home' operated by the Waifs and Strays Society home from around 1887 to 1893. Its exact location is uncertain, being usually listed in the Society's annual reports as being 'near West Drayton'. It was, however, but was presumably located in the hamlet of Gould's Green, a little to the south of Hillingdon Heath. Confusingly, in 1890, for one year only, the home is listed as the 'Pole Hill' cottage home, Pole Hill being a location to the north of Hillingdon Heath.

The home disappears from the Society's reports 1893, replaced by the Hillingdon Heath home for Girls which presumably marked a change to new premises for the 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.