White House Home for Girls, Great Witley, near Stourport, Worcestershire

The White House Home at Witley Road, Great Witley, is believed to have been founded by Lady Dudley in 1896. It was used to house discharged prisoners who had been first-time offenders and were not 'fallen'. In 1897, the home could accommodate ten women aged 16 to 26, though by 1900 the age range had become 15 to 18. The girls women were trained for domestic service and did laundry work. The original superintendent of the home was Miss Byfield who by 1900 had been replaced by Mabel Sperling.

In 1902, the home was taken over by the Waifs and Strays Society and was used to accommodate 12 girls, aged 12-16.

The home appears to have been closed in around 1904. The property is now a private residence.

White House Home for Girls, Great Witley, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

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.