West Norwood Home for Girls, West Norwood, London

The West Norwood Home for Girls was opened by the Waifs and Strays Society in 1910 at 2 Thurlow Park Road, West Norwood. It was intended as a temporary home for the children and staff of the Kensington Training School which had just closed.

At Kensington, the girls — aged from 10 to 16 years — had been receiving training in housework and laundry work as a preparation for domestic service. In their temporary abode at West Norwood, many of the older girls looked for employment in the area. The rest were soon dispersed to other branches and the West Norwood home was closed in 1911.

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.