Training Home for Girls, Worthing, Sussex

The Training Home for Girls was established by the Winchester Diocese in around 1883 at North End Cottage, 83 High Street, Worthing. Girls were admitted from the age of 13 and trained for domestic service. A payment of 3s. a week was required for girls from within the Diocese, or 5s. from outside. In 1885, the matron of the home was a Mrs Clarke.

In 1890, the operation of the home was taken over by the Waifs and Strays Society.

Following an outbreak of typhoid fever in 1893, the home was closed and the girls evacuated to the Society's Byfleet Receiving Home, from where they were dispersed to other branches. The Worthing home then was then pressed into used as a local fever hospital.

The property had various later uses, at one time being a store for the WRVS. It is now in private residential use.

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.