Aberdare Memorial Home, West Wickham, Kent

The Aberdare Memorial Home was established in 1930 by the Children's Aid Society to accommodate boys from eight years old until school-leaving age. It appears to have briefly been based in premises at Hornsey Lane in north London but from the early 1930s occupied a property known as Wood Lodge, on Woodland Way, West Wickham, Kent.

Aberdare Memorial Home, West Wickham, 1930s. © Peter Higginbotham

By the 1950s, the home had moved its entrance to the adjacent Wickham Court Road and was now known as Aberdare House.

The building no longer exists and the modern housing of Aberdare Close now covers the site.

Records

Note: many repositories impose a closure period of up to 100 years for records identifying individuals.

  • The records of the Children's Aid Society were inherited by Barnardo's. Barnardo's Family History Service deals with enquiries regarding records of individual children — various services are available costing from £15 upwards.
  • Making Connections — a service for those wishing to access their Barnardo's adoption records.
  • Barnardo's historical administrative records are now deposited with Liverpool University's Social Welfare Archives with stringent restrictions on their access.

Bibliography

  • The Children's Aid Society: its work and its aims. (1938)
  • None noted at present.