Mother and Baby Homes — Debyshire-Essex

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.

Derbyshire

Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
Borrowash House / St Joseph's, 67 Nottingham Road, Borrowashc.1946 17m/17b 
Mother and Baby Home, 10 Vernon Street, Derbyby 1949Before and After Care Home8m/5b 

Devon

Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
Barnstaple Shelter, 28 Carrington Terrace, Yeo Vale, Barnstaple1915Fallen and friendless; temporarily; local cases free; also a few mothers and babies.8under 30
Salvation Army Maternity Home, Dunmore, Bradninchby 1949Maternity Home.22m/17b 
St Nicholas' House, 20 Alphington Road, Exeterby 1964Maternity Home.12m/6b 
St Olave's Ladies' Association Home, 32 Bartholomew Street East, Exeter1903Friendless and fallen women, 6s.; mothers and babies, 8s.12m/8bno limit
St Olave's Ladies' Association Home (The Shelter), 33 Bartholomew Street East, Exeter First fall cases.5no limit
Mayflower Maternity Home, Abbotsfield, Seymour Road, Mannamead, Plymouthby 1920Unmarried mothers with their babies.21m/15bno limit
Woodside Mother and Baby Home, South View, 2 Woodside, Plymouthby 1949Before and After Care Home.13m/5b 
St Ursula's Maternity Refuge, St Ursula's House, Edith Avenue, Plymouth Maternity cases; 6s.; diocesan cases, 5s.814-25
Torquay Door of Hope, St Marychurch Road, Torquayby 1912Fallen girls; entrance £1 1s.; mother and infant, 2s. 6d.13 

Dorset

Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
Free Church Maternity and Training Home, 11 St Alban's Avenue, Lower Charminster Road, Bournemouthby 1930First maternity cases; 10s. from locality; others 12s. 6d.: remain at least two months after confinement.24m/12bover 14
St Thomas' Lodge, 12 Charminster Road, Bournemouthby 1949Before and After Care Home.12m/7b16-35
Free Church Rescue and Training Home, 189 Richmond Park Road, Bournemouth1911Fallen girls and women and those in danger, 7s. 6d.; some local cases free; mothers with infants, 3s. 6d.9over 14
Free Church Rescue and Training Home, 3 St Alban's Avenue, Lower Charminster Road, Bournemouthby 1920First maternity cases; 10s. from locality; others 12s. 6d.: remain at least two months after confinement.12over 14
St Monica's Maternity Home, 17 (later 19) St Peter's Road, Parkstoneby 1949Maternity Home.10m/10b14-18
St Gabriel's Home, 18 Dorchester Road, Weymouthby 1964Before and After Care Home.9m/6bover 17
St Gabriel's Home, 6 Abbotsbury Road, Weymouthby 1949Before and After Care Home.4m/2b 

County Durham

Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
St Monica's Home, North Bondgate, Bishop Auckland1909Unmarried mothers 5s.; and their babies 2s. 6d.12m/12bunder 25
Mother and Baby Home, Fir Tree Grange, Crook    
St Agnes' Home, 45 Duke Street, Darlingtonby 1949Before and After Care Home.7m/3b 
Mother and Baby Home, Ramside, Belmont, Durhamby 1949After Care Hostel. Some mothers go out to work.16m/16b 
St Faith's Home, 6-8 Grasmere Street, Gatesheadby 1949Before and After Care Home.16m/8b 
Smelt House, Howden-le-Wearby 1964Before and After Care Home.17m/8b 
Parker Memorial Home, 25 Kayll Road, Sunderlandby 1949Before and After Care Home.12m/9b 

Essex

Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
Chelmsford Diocesan Maternity Home, Sunnedon House, 75 Warley Hill, Brentwood1959Maternity Home.17m/10b 
Ardmore, 136 High Road, Buckhurst Hillby 1949After Care Home. Some mothers go out to work,18m/18b 
Bartletts, Tavistock House, 201 New London Road, Chelmsfordby 1964Before and After Care Home.15m/10b 
Chelmsford Diocesan Maternity Home, Sunnedon House, West Street, Coggeshall1933Unmarried Girls before first confinement; 7s. 6d. from Diocese; others, 10s.; remain six months.16m/8bno limit
Chelmsford Diocesan Maternity Home, The Red House, 98 Tilkley Road, Coggeshall1925Unmarried Girls before first confinement; 7s. 6d. from Diocese; others, 10s.; remain six months.7under 30
Hostel of the Good Shepherd, 87 East Hill, Colchesterby 1949Before and After Care Home.11m/6b 
Old Mill House, Great Bentley, Colchesterby 1964Private Maternity Home.6m/6b 
Dunmow Maternity Home, Great Easton, Dunmow1897First maternity cases before confinement; 7s.; remain six months. Diocesan cases, 5s.814-25
Loreto Convent, Theydon Road, Eppingby 1964Before and After Care Home.26m/14b 
Hockley Laundry Home, Hockley1904Fallen women with their infants.20no limit
St Faith's Home, 38 Station Road, Loughtonby 1949Before and After Care Home.10m/4b 
Girls' Hostel, 51 Junction Road, Romfordby 1949Before and After Care Home.8m/5b 
Southend Shelter / St Monica's Home, 154 York Road, Southend on Seaby 1935All classes, including mothers and babies; temporarily; payment by arrangement.8m/5b14-30
Carville, 38 The Drive, Walthamstowby 1949Before and After Care Home.  
Ellen Carville Home, 38 The Drive, Walthamstowby 1949Shelter and Before and After Care Home.5m/5b 
Carville, 43 West Avenue Road, Walthamstowby 1964Before and After Care Home.6m/6b 
Beechwood, 2 Westborough Road, Westcliff on Seaby 1964Hostel for Working Pregnant Girls.4