John Capel Hanbury Hospital, Woodford Bridge, Essex
The John Capel Hanbury Hospital, named after its principal benefactor, was opened in 1923 at Barnardo's Boys' Garden City, Woodford Bridge. It replaced the London facilities of the Her Majesty's Hospital at Stepney Causeway. The new building adopted the then popular 'half-butterfly' layout with an administration block at the centre and ward blocks to each side.
In 1947, the hospital merged its activities with those of the Australasian Hospital at Barnardo's Village Home. It was succeeded in 1952 by the the Hanbury Hospital Home which specialised in the care of the physically disabled.
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- Barnardo's Family History Service deals with enquiries regarding records of individual children — various services are available costing from £25 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.
- Barnardo, Syrie Louise, and Marchant, James Memoirs of the Late Dr Barnardo (Hodder & Stoughton, 1907)
- Batt, J.H. Dr. Barnardo: The Foster-Father of "Nobody's Children" (S.W. Partridge, 1904)
- Bready, J. Wesley Doctor Barnardo (Allen & Unwin, 1930)
- Rose, June For the Sake of the Children: Inside Dr. Barnardo's: 120 years of caring for children (Hodder & Stoughton, 1987)
- Wagner, Gillian Barnardo (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1979)
- The Barnardo's website.
- The Goldonian Website — memories and information from former Barnardo's children.
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