Mother and Baby Homes — Shropshire-Sussex

The establishments listed below provided at least some accommodation for unmarried mothers and their babies. They include maternity homes, before-and-after-confinement care homes, hostels for pregnant working girls or working mothers, and Magdalen Homes.

Where available, the 'Places' column shows the accommodation provided for mothers and babies (exact figures could change over time).
Note that over the years, many institutions changed location and/or name, sometimes more than once. The accommodation provided, age of those admitted etc. at a home could also vary.


Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
Shrewsbury and Shropshire Refuge and Hostel, Chaddeslode, 130 Abbey Foregate, Shrewsburyby 1935Fallen and friendless girls; also mothers and babies; remain from three to twelve months; from 7s. 6d.8m/8bunder 25
Shrewsbury and Shropshire Refuge and Hostel, Chaddeslode, Crescent Lane, Shrewsbury1907Fallen and friendless girls; also mothers and babies; remain from three to twelve months; from 7s. 6d.10under 25
Myford House, Horsehay, Wellingtonby 1949Before and After Care Home.11m/6b 


Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
Hillview, 12 Walcot Parade, Bathby 1953After Care Home.6m/4b 
Hope House, 15 Lambridge Place, Bath1885Fallen girls and young women for confinement with first child. Payment, £10 and outfit.9/4 infants 
Braeside, Bugway Lane, Chardby 1964Before and After Care Home.13m/6b 
Exmoor House, Westerns, Dulvertonby 1949Before and After Care Home. Married women occasionally admitted.10m.7b 
Somerset County Home for Mothers and Babies, The Old House, South Petherton1921Unmarried expectant mothers; first cases only; 10s. 6d. From county; others, 12s. 6d.20under 30


Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
Broadfield House, Steam Road, Kingswinford, Brierly Hillby 1964Before and After Care Home.18m/10b 
The Girls' Home, 53 Union Street, Burton upon Trentby 1949Before and After Care Home.6m/4b 
Mother and Baby Home, 53 Union Street, Burton-on-Trentby 1949Before and After Care Home.  
Lyncroft House, Stafford Road, Lichfieldby 1949Maternity Home.20m/16b 
North Staffordshire Hostel for Mothers and Babies, 2 Enderley Street, Newcastle under Lymeby 1949Before and After Care Home.6m/3b 
Astbury House, 27 Little Moor Hill, Smethwickby 1964Before and After Care Home.13m/6b 
Glentworth Mothercraft Hostel, Rowley Bank, Staffordby 1949After Care Home.11m/11b 
Mrs Legge Memorial Home, 134 Tettenhall Road, Wolverhamptonby 1964Before and After Care Home.13m/8b 
Mrs Hay Memorial Home, 36 Merridale Road, Wolverhamptonby 1949Before and After Care Home.12m/6bunder 20
Mrs Hay Memorial Home, 38 Park Road East, Wolverhamptonby 1964Before and After Care Home.14m/8b 
Mrs Legge Memorial Home, 89 North Road, Wolverhampton1913Girls before birth of first illegitimate child. Diocesan cases, 12s. 6d.; others, 15s.12no limit
Mrs Legge Memorial Home, 89 North Road, Wolverhamptonby 1935Before and After Care Home.12m/12b 


Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
St Edmund's Private Maternity Hospital, BurySt Edmunds Working and professional classes; 5s. for waiting weeks, 7s. 6d. afterwards; 10s. confinement fee.14m/12b16-30
St Bridget's, North Parade, Lowestoftby 1949Shelter and Before and After Care Home.12m/2b 


Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
Convalescent Home of Rest, 28 Cleveland Road, Barnes Domestic servants or girls in business (first fall only). From 6s. Weekley.8m/5b15-20
Glazier House, 26 Stretton Road, Croydonby 1949Hostel for Pregnant Working Girls.9m 
St Aubyn's Shelter, Horsham Road, Dorkingby 1949Before and After Care Home.10m/3b 
Esher House, 6 Arnison Road, East Molesey1975Young, single mothers and their babies.  
Richmond Ladies' Association Refuge / Mission House Female Aid Society, Moore House, Paynesfield Avenue, East Sheenby 1912Fallen women; mothers and babies; temporarily.14no limit
Mothers' Hostel, Waltham House, 28 Worple Road, Epsomby 1918   
Waltham House Hostel, Epsom1915Mothers of domestic servant class with their babies; 15s. if possible; remain five months. or longer.1616-25
Assisi (St Joseph's) Mother and Baby Home, Hammer Lane, Grayshottby 1949 36m/20b 
Avondale, 9 Sydney Road, Guildfordby 1964Before and After Care Home.11m/6b 
Home of the Good Shepherd, Haslemere1916Fallen and friendless girls; temporarily. By 1935: Mothers and babies; remain four months.12m/12bunder 30
Kingston Deanery Home, 18 Richmond Park Road, Kingston upon Thamesby 1935Maternity and rescue cases; local cases free, others 10s.19m/12bunder 30
Kingston and Surbiton Shelter, 45 Fairfield South, Kingston upon Thamesby 1930Maternity and rescue cases; temporarily; local cases free, others 10s. 6d. before and 12s. 6d. after confinement.6under 30
Kingston and Surbiton Ladies' Association, Mission House, 26 Gibbon Road, Kingston upon Thames1887Friendless or fallen girls; local cases only; temporarily.4under 24
Richmond Hostel for Unmarried Mothers and Babies, 1 The Hermitage, Richmond1924Mothers with their babies; payment according to circumstances.4no limit
Glazier House, 53 Birdhurst Road, South Croydon1964Hostel for Pregnant Working Girls.9m 
Mission of Hope, Birdhurst Lodge, 14 South Park Hill Road, South Croydonby 1930Mothers, expectant mothers, infants and toddlers.36m/21bno limit
Mission of Hope, Blythswood, 43St Peter's Road, South Croydonby 1920Mothers and babies.30under 30
The Haven, 2 Camden Road, Suttonby 1949Before and After Care Home.10m/6b 
Sutton Home, Crossways, Benhill Road, Sutton1903Maternity cases; Diocesan cases, 5s., others, 7s. 6d.15under 26
Emly House, 185 Sidney Road, Walton-on-Thamesby 1964Before and After Care Home.11m/6bover 16
Emly House, Rydens Avenue, Walton-on-Thamesby 1949Before and After Care Home.4m/4b 
Haygarth-Witts Memorial Home, 54 The Ridgeway, Wimbledonby 1949Before and After Care Home.12m/8bover 15
Dorincourt, Elm Road, Woodham Rise, Wokingby 1964Before and After Care Home.12m/8b 
Woking Preventive and Rescue Home, St Margaret's, 21-23 Ferndale Road, Horsell, Woking1901Rescue, preventive and maternity cases; also mothers and babies.12m/6bover 17


Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
Albion House, 11 Finsbury Road, Albion Hill, Brightonby 1920Young unmarried mothers before and after confinement; 10s.40m/36b16-25
Garton House, 22 Stanford Avenue, Brightonby 1964Before and After Care Home,15m/4b 
Melbourne House, Whitehill Road, Crowborough    
The Bell Hostel, 2 (later 12) Salehurst Road, Eastbourneby 1930Mothers with their babies; from 20s.14m/16b.under 30
Upwick Vale Rescue Home, Salehurst Street (now Road), Eastbourneby 1897Lately fallen women, including those awaiting and after confinement; mothers remain with children for six months at 6s. 6d., the infants retained for three years at 3s. 6d.2414-23
Day Servants' Hostel, 21 Seafield Road, Hove1918Unmarried mothers (with first baby); 25s.9under 30
Seaford House, 1 Prospect Villas, 60 Claremont Road, Seaford