HRH Princess Christian's Training College and Infant Nursery, Windsor, Berkshire

In around 1876, Miss Louisa Oxley founded the Windsor Infant Nursery 'for the benefit of children having sisters at school, and whose mothers are ill or at work during the day.' Its original premises were at 3 Keppel Terrace, Spital Road, Windsor, but subsequently moved to Grove Road, Windsor.

In 1885, Princess Christian, Queen Victoria's third daughter, became Patroness of the nursery and was an active supporter of its fund-raising efforts. The establishment was subsequently renamed Princess Christian's Nursery in her honour.

The nursery moved again to premises variously referred to as 22 or 24 King's Road, Windsor, then, after the First World War, to Clewer Hill House, Clewer Hill Road, Windsor.

24 King's Road, Windsor, 2014. © Peter Higginbotham

In around 1942, the nursery's financial difficulties led to its being taken over by the Waifs and Strays Society. Then adopting the name HRH Princess Christian's Training College and Infant Nursery, it could accommodate 32 babies who provided trainee nurses with valuable practical experience.

The home closed in 1971. The Clewer Hill Road building no longer survives and the site is now covered by modern housing.

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.