Hallow Park, near Worcester, Worcestershire
The Barnardo's home at Hallow Park, near Worcester, was opened in 1946 an Ever Open Door establishment, offering short-term accommodation to any destitute or homeless child. The home was closed in 1959, re-opening in March 1961 as a long-term home for boys.
The buildings comprised two main sections: the original Hallow Park mansion and its associated coach house, at the south of the site, and a group of three houses (referred to by Barnardo's as 'cottages') to the north. One of the cottages was used for very young children.
The home finally closed in January 1980, with its then residents moving to the Harris House home at Moseley. Most of of the property is now used as office space, with the site also popular as a wedding venue.
Note: many repositories impose a closure period of up to 100 years for records identifying individuals. Before travelling a long distance, always check that the records you want to consult will be available.
- 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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