Godfrey Walker Home for Girls / Nursery, York, East Riding of Yorkshire

The Godfrey Walker Home for Girls was opened by the Waifs and Strays Society in 1911 at 4 West Bank Terrace, Acomb Road, York. The house, together with money for its furnishing and maintenance, was donated by Mr Godfrey Walker of Scarborough and Exeter. The home was formally opened on July 27th, 1911, with the Archbishop of York conducting the ceremony of dedication. The home could accommodate 20 girls aged from 5 to 16.

Former Godfrey Walker Home for Girls, Acomb Road, York, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

The girls had a regular holiday away in the summer, with Filey being a favourite destination. As seen in the pictures below, dolls and cuddly toys kept their owners company on the visit.

Godfrey Walker Home girls at Filey, 1921. © Peter Higginbotham

Godfrey Walker Home girls at Filey, 1922. © Peter Higginbotham

In 1946, the West Bank Terrace property was sold and the home moved a short distance to West Garth at 140 Acomb Road.

Godfrey Walker Home for Girls, Acomb Road, York, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

In 1947, the home was converted for use as a nursery though retained the Godfrey Walker name. In 1976, the establishment was converted to a Family Home, taking children from the Flynn House Home in Wakefield. The home finally closed in 1982.

The West Bank Terrace property is now a private residence. In recent times, West Garth has been used as a pub/restaurant.

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.