Magdalen Homes — Warwickshire-Yorkshire

Although the term 'Magdalen' home or institution has become particularly associated with Ireland's Magdalen laundries, it covers to a much wider range of establishmnents. Rather than indicating the nature of these institutions' facilities or regime, it reflects the circumstances of their inmates — girls and young women who had 'fallen' (or who were considered in danger of doing so), especially those who had become pregnant or involved in prostitution. More...

Where applicable, 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
The Girls' Shelter, 37 Portland Road, Edgbaston, Birminghamby    
Hope Lodge, 134 Heathfield Road, Handsworth, Birmingham1908Pre- and post-maternity cases; 10 Local Poor Law cases; £1, or with baby 25s.16under 23
Birmingham Ladies' Association (Mrs Rogers' Memorial Home), 276 Monument Road, Edgbaston, Birminghamby 878Girls from Birmingham, free; others 3s. 6d.2514-20
Day Servants' Hostel, 276 Monument Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham1921Working girls with first child.1618-26
Felix House Refuge, 293St Vincent Street, Ladywood, Birmingham1910Fallen and friendless; temporarily; small payment except for diocesan cases.715-25
Birmingham Refuge, 35 Braithwaite Road, Sparkbrook, Birminghamby 910Friendless women and those in difficulty; temporarily.1015-25
Girls' Night Shelter, 39 Bath Row, Birmingham1888   
Hope Lodge, 51 Clarendon Road, Edgbaston, Birminghamby 908Pre- and post-maternity cases; 10 Local Poor Law cases; £1, or with baby 25s.30m/30bunder 23
Girls' Night Shelter, 9 Tennant Street, Birminghamby 888Fallen and friendless girls and women temporarily, at any hour.15under 25
Birmingham Girls' Refuge, 98 Ashted Row, Birmingham1903Friendless and destitute girls; preference given to local cases; payment according to circumstances.6under 20
Girls' Night Refuge, Chapel House, Deritend, Birmingham1883Receiving house, from which girls drafted into suitable Homes or situations.12under 20
Magdalen Asylum and Refuge for Birmingham and Midland Counties, Kirkholme, Clarendon Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham1829Fallen girls; free.4014-18
Mrs Rogers' Memorial Home for Friendless Girls, Penelope Place, 47 Bristol Street, Birmingham1878Young girls who have recently fallen or servants from bad houses. Payment, if from a distance, 6s. a week. 14-20
Birmingham Salvation Army Home, The Hawthorns, Ladywood Road, Birmingham1903Girls and women in distress.58no limit
Ladywood House, Vincent Street, Ladywood, Birminghamby 878Girls from Birmingham, free; others 4s. 6d.3014-18
Coventry Shelter, 104 Little Park Street, Coventry1914Rescue and preventive cases; 4s. If possible.7under 25
Coventry Ladies' Association, 17 Trafalgar Street, Coventry1895 4under 25
Coventry Shelter, 50 Holyhead Road, Coventryby 914 12under 30
Coventry Ladies' Association, St Faith's Refuge, 25 Coundon Road, Coventryby 895Fallen and friendless girls; temporarily; 5s.10under 25
St Faith's Home, St Nicholas Street, Coventry1895Fallen and friendless girls; remain from one to two years.2114-16
St Michael and All Angels Home and Penitentiary, 25 Charlotte Street, Leamington Spa1848If placed by friends, a weekly payment of 3s. 6d., when it can be obtained; if destitute and friendless, free from any locality.3614-16
Leamington Ladies' Association, 5 Satchwell Street, Leamington Spa1896 3under 20
Leamington and Warwick Girls' Shelter, 6 Church Hill, Leamington Spa1925Preventive and rescue cases; temporarily; some local cases free; others from 8s.6under 30
Worcester Diocesan House of Mercy, 6 Milverton Hill, Leamington Spa1855   
Leamington Ladies' Association, Murray House, 9 Church Street, Leamington Spaby 896Friendless and fallen girls; temporarily.8under 25
Birmingham Laundry and Homes of Industry (Agatha Stacey Home), Enniskerry, 145 Darley Green Road, Knowle, Solihull1893Feeble-minded young women who have had a first fall; 12s. 6d.; permanent cases received.25over 16


Name and LocationFounded/OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
Kendal Shelter, 1 Springfield Villas, 15 Castle Road, Kendalby 914Friendless or fallen; temporarily.8no limit
St Monica's Diocesan Maternity Home, 8 Dalton Drive, Sedbergh Road, Kendal1917Maternity cases, 5s. from diocese; others 10s. In addition to .£2 nursing fee.23m/20bunder 25
Kendal Shelter, Redmayne House, Douglas Yard, Kendal1914Friendless or fallen; temporarily.2no limit


Name and LocationFounded/OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
Free Church Maternity and Training Home, The Retreat, Mere1915First pre-maternity cases; 12s. and £1 1s. For confinement; remain six months.14no limit
Diocesan Refuge, 16 Rolleston Street, Salisburyby 893Friendless and fallen; temporarily; diocesan cases, free; others, 12s. 6d.8under 30
Diocesan Refuge, Hope House, 56 Mill Road, Salisburyby 893Shelter and Before and After Care Home.13m/5b 
Diocesan Refuge, St Helen's, Wyndham Road, Salisbury1893Friendless and fallen, temporarily.3under 25
Diocesan House of Mercy, St Mary's Home,St Martin's Church Street, Salisbury1831Fallen women of the poorer classes. Remain two years. £5 on admission.40under 20
Shelter and Training Home for Friendless Girls, St Michael's, Endless Street, Salisbury1882To save young girls from bad surroundings, and rescue the fallen. 5s. per week.  
Swindon and North Wilts Shelter, 41 Belle Vue, Swindonby 1930Girls in moral need or difficulty.614-30
Swindon Shelter, 89 Clifton Street, Swindon1914Rescue and preventive cases; temporarily.515-25


Name and LocationFounded/OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
Birmingham Laundry and Homes of Industry, Home No.1 1, Arrowfield Top, Alvechurch1892Pure-minded and innocent young women over 16 preferred. £15 12s. a year.20over 15
St Agnes' Hostel, 36 Stourbridge Road, Dudleyby 1912   
St Agnes' Home, 6 The Inhedge, Kate's Hill, Dudleyby 907Friendless and fallen, temporarily; 4s. 6d.; local cases free.4no limit
St Agnes' Home, 9 Victoria Terrace, Dudleyby 1912Friendless and fallen, temporarily; 4s. 6d.; local cases free.4under 26
Kidderminster Shelter, 208 Hurcott Road, Kidderminster1901Fallen and preventive cases; temporarily.6under 25
Kidderminster Maternity Home, Greenhill Hostel, Chester Road, Kidderminsterby 901Expectant and nursing mothers with their first child; stay four months if possible; 10s. 6d. before confinement; 12s. 6d. after.12m/20 babiesunder 25
St Faith's Home, 165 Worcester Road, Malvernby 925   
St Faith's Home, Alexandra Road, Malvern Link1925All classes; temporarily.4no limit
Home Of The Good Shepherd for Girls, Ranelagh Road, Malvern Link1879Fallen girls of working class, or hose from evil surroundigs.3314-21
St Monica's Home, Malvern Linkby 1912Young mothers with babies; first fall only; diocesan cases 5s.; others 6s.6under 30
House of Refuge, 1 Melrose Cottages, Sansome Walk, Worcester1878Fallen girls; temporarily.816-25
Worcester Shelter, 58 Woolhope Road, Worcester1901Fallen girls and others; temporarily.215-24
Worcester Diocesan House of Shelter, Field House, Wyld's Lane, Worcester1878Fallen girls; temporarily.1616-25

East Riding of Yorkshire

Name and LocationFounded/OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
Driffield Hostel for Girls, 2 Downe Street, Driffield1920Preventive and rescue cases; temporarily.614-30
East Riding Hostel, 31 New Road, Driffieldby 920Preventive and rescue cases; temporarily.614-30
Hull Sheltering Home, 2 Mason Street, Kingston upon Hull1884Temporary refuge for fallen girls.10no limit
Hull Temporary Home, 24 Nile Street, Kingston upon Hull1862 1516-20
Linden Penitentiary, 25 Nile Street, Kingston upon Hullby 1890Free. Married women not received. Remain six months to two years  
Hull Sheltering Home, 37-39 Peel Street, Kingston upon Hullby 1912Fallen girls and preventive cases; free; temporarily; pre-maternity cases, 3s. 6d.1614-30
Home for Friendless Girls, 40 Clarendon Street, Spring Bank, Kingston upon Hull1886   
Hull Sheltering Home, 78 Beverley Road, Kingston upon Hullby 884Fallen girls and those in perilous surroundings; temporarily; 5s. if possible.17no limit
Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire Female Penitentiary, Hope House, 199 Anlaby Road, Kingston upon Hull1837Fallen women; payment when possible. Remain two years.2716-25
Hull Female Penitentiary, Hope House, Wincolmlee, Kingston upon Hull1811   
Hull Diocesan Maternity Home, Linnaeus House, 14 Linnaeus Street, Kingston upon Hull1915First maternity cases, 7s. 6d.; extra-diocesan cases additional fee, £2 2s; remain six months.14under 25
Hull Salvation Army Home, Newington House, Lees Walk, Kingston upon Hull1908Girls and women in distress.24no limit
Rescue Home, 1 Aldwark, York1884Free; temporarily.  
Church Army Refuge, 15 Bootham Terrace, Yorkby 916Friendless and fallen; temporarily; payment according to circumstances.9m/4bno limit
York Shelter, 17 Bishophill, York1903Fallen women; temporarily.8no limit
York Penitentiary Society Refuge for Girls / House of Mercy, 19 Bishophill, Yorkby 822Fallen women; free; remain two years.2514-25
Church Army Refuge, 31 East Mount Road, York1916Friendless and fallen; temporarily.9m/4bno limit
York Training Home for Girls, Clifton Holme, Water End, York1919Rescue cases; remain two years; payment when possible.2716-25
York House of Mercy, Clifton Holme, Water End, York1918Fallen women; remain two years; payment when possible.2716-25
Ladies' Association Rescue Home, Grove House, Huntingdon Road, York1881Fallen girls; temporarily received.6under 30

North Riding of Yorkshire

Name and LocationFounded/OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
Malton, Norton and District Home, Ferndale, 65 Mill Street, Malton1914Friendless and fallen; temporarily.3no limit
Holy Cross Refuge, 74St Paul's Road, Middlesbroughby 900Fallen women temporarily; local cases free.8under 25
Holy Cross Refuge, 81 Southfield Road, Middlesbroughby 900 x 
Holy Cross Refuge, 92 Lothian Road, Middlesbroughby 900Girls and women needing help; temporarily; local cases free.15no limit
Holy Cross Refuge, Benjamin Street, Middlesbrough1900Fallen women temporarily; local cases free.5under 25
Home for Girls, Blue Hall, Lenthorpe, Middlesbroughby 1890Girls and women in distress.  
St Mary's Mission House, 1 Granby Place, Queen Street, Scarborough1888Fallen women; temporarily; 7s., when possible.12no limit
Scarborough Refuge, 21 Albemarle Crescent, Scarborough1900Girls and women needing help; temporarily; payment where possible.12no limit
St Martin's Rescue Home, 7 Greenfield Terrace, Ramshill Road, Scarborough1884Homeless and friendless girls or women; 3s. 6d. per week, if possible. over 15
Home of Hope, Sitwell Street, Falsgrave Road, Scarborough1873Fallen girls; free; remain two years.1516-30

West Riding of Yorkshire

Name and LocationFounded/OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
Home of Hope, 167 Park Road, Barnsley1880Local cases free; others 5s. a week.1016-20
Home of Hope, 205-207 Park Road, Barnsleyby 880Fallen girls from Barnsley; free. Others 3s. 6d. or exchange.1016-20
Church Army Refuge, 38 Hopwood Street, Barnsley1906Fallen and friendless; temporarily.414-20
Home of Hope, Harborough House, Queen's Road, Barnsleyby 880 1016-20
St Monica's Rescue and Maternity Home, 11 Belle Vue, Bradfordby 910Maternity cases, 6s.; local cases, free.21under 30
St Monica's Maternity Home, 11 Belle Vue, Bradfordby 918Young unmarried expectant mothers.27under 30
St Monica's Rescue Home, 5 Belle Vue, Bradfordby 921Fallen and friendless; local cases free. under 30
Bradford House of Help, 55 Drewton Street, Bradford1907Friendless and fallen; temporarily; free.814-24
The Refuge, Skinner Lane, Manningham, Bradford1885Fallen women; 5s. per week if possible; remain one year. under 24
Salvation Army Home, Mount Cross, Broad Lane, Bramley1921Unmarried mothers and their infants.20m/16bunder 27
Sheffield Diocesan Shelter, Hope House, 46 Cartwright Street, Doncaster1926 814-20
Temporary Refuge, 12 Launceston Street, Hanson Lane, Halifax1886Fallen girls or women wishing to reform. 15-28
St Margaret's Rescue Home, St John's Lane, Halifax1908Friendless and fallen girls; temporarily.416-30
Knaresborough and Harrogate Ladies' Association Home, 110 Harlow Terrace, Harrogate1904Fallen women and preventive cases; free from the locality, others 3s. 6d.4no limit
Knaresborough and Harrogate Ladies' Association Home, 33 Robert Street, Harrogateby 904Fallen women and preventive cases; free from the locality; others 7s.6under 25
Knaresborough and Harrogate Ladies' Association Home, 5 Bower Road, Harrogateby 904Fallen women and preventive cases; free from the locality; others 7s.6under 25
Knaresborough and Harrogate Ladies' Association Home, St Monica's Home, 33 Robert Street, Harrogateby 904Fallen women and preventive cases; free from the locality, others 7s.6under 25
Knaresborough and Harrogate Ladies' Association Home, St Monica's Home, 5 Bower Road, Harrogateby 904Fallen women and preventive cases; free from the locality, others 3s. 6d.6under 25
St Katharine's Hostel, 10 King's Mill Lane, Huddersfield1920Mothers and babies; payment according to circumstances.8m/6b 
Huddersfield Mission Home, 16 Queen Street, Huddersfield1907Friendless or fallen; temporarily.13no limit
Huddersfield Mission Home, Queen's Square, Huddersfieldby 907Friendless or fallen; temporarily.13no limit
Ladies' Association Home, The Shelter, 10 Leeds Road, Huddersfield1890Fallen girl who are transferred to penitentiaries,2no limit
Training Home, The Woodlands, Deighton, Huddersfieldby 1890Women after first fall. Local cases free; others 3s. 6d. a week.15 
Keighley Shelter Home, Scott Street, Keighley1906All classes; temporarily; free from district412-15
St Faith's Rescue and Maternity Home, 126 Chapeltown Road, Leedsby 893First cases only.9 
Leeds Hope Hospital, 126 Chapeltown Road, Leeds1919Venereal cases, both maternity and otherwise. Yorks. cases free; others 5s. a day.17m/10bunder 30
Guardian Society Asylum and General Penitentiary, 14St James' Street, Leeds1821Free, or £5 when cases transferred from other institutions.4214-30
Leeds Rescue Home, 18 Brunswick Street, Leeds1893Fallen women remain two or three weeks and are passed on to long Homes if likely to do well.8under 30
St Margaret's Home, 18 Clarendon Road, Leedsc.1917First maternity cases; 10s. 6d.  
St Faith's Home, 18 Moorland Road, Leeds1893Fallen and friendless women; temporarily.10under 30
St Margaret's Home, 18 Mount Preston, Leeds1912Unmarried mothers and their babies.  
St Faith's Recue Home, 20-21 Brunswick Place, Leeds1893Fallen and friendless women; temporarily.10under 30
St Faith's Maternity Home, 22 Brunswick Place, Leeds1910First maternity cases; 5s. and £2 2s. expenses.9under 30
Leeds 'Bethcar' Home, 28 Finsbury Road, Lodge Street, Woodhouse lane, Leedsby 886First maternity cases only, prepayment of £5 (being eight weeks' maintenance and doctor's fee, etc.).6under 25
Leeds 'Bethcar' Home, 40 Sunnybank Terrace, Leeds1886First maternity cases only, prepayment of £5 (being eight weeks' maintenance, and doctor's fee, etc.).6no limit
St Faith's Maternity Home, 63 Clarendon Road, Leedsby 910First maternity cases; 7s. 6d. and £2 2s. expenses.22under 30
Leeds Free Church Home, Bethany House, Claypit Lane, Leeds1904Friendless and fallen women; temporarily; also those on probation.18under 30
Leeds Free Church Council Rescue Home, Brunswick House, 3 Wesley Street, Leedsby 904Friendless and fallen women; temporarily.14under 30
Salvation Army Home, Spring Grove House, Alexandra Road, Leeds1909Girls and women in distress.28m/26 babies 
The Haven of St Giles, 1 Linden Terrace, Pontefractby 915Rescue and preventive cases; temporarily.7under 25
The Haven of St Giles, Southgate, Pontefract1915Friendless women and girls; temporarily.6no limit
Ripon Refuge, 6 Claremont Road, Ripon1927Shelter and Before and After Care Home.4m/2bno limit
Ripon Refuge, 6 Skell Bank, Ripon1899Friendless and fallen women; 3s. 6d., when possible.7no limit
Sheffield House of Help and Mission registry, 1, later 17, Paradise Square, Sheffield1886Young women of Sheffield, needing temporary help; free.18under 30
St Agatha's Hostel, 148 Burngreave Road, Pitsmoor, Sheffieldby 925 6under 25
Sheffield Female Refuge, 287 Western Bank, Sheffield1858Fallen women of Sheffield; free. Others by arrangement. Remain two years (longer if necessary).2015-25
Sheffield House of Help, 346 Glossop Road, Sheffieldby 886Young women of Sheffield, needing temporary help; free.x 
St Agatha's Hostel, 92 Andover Street, Sheffield1925All classes; temporarily.6under 25
Corbridge Memorial Home, Kingsley House, 185 Woodside Lane, Pitsmoor, Sheffield1891Friendless and homeless girls, servants out of situations, girls with unsuitable homes, and orphans12no limit
Salvation Army Home, Newstead, 29 Kenwood Park Road, Sheffield1915Girls and women in distress.25no limit
Sheffield Rescue and Evangelization Mission, The Haven, 27-29 Havelock Street, Sheffield1891Inebriates, first offenders and destitute women46no limit
Salvation Army Home, Wincobank Hall, Sheffieldby 899Girls and women in distress.39no limit
Ladies' Association Home, 25 Tavora Street, Pinderfields, Wakefield1892Friendless and destitute girls of lost or doubtful character; temporarily.4no limit
House of Mercy, Dovecote Lane, Horbury, Wakefield1858Fallen women who have not been in other Homes. Must remain two years. Entrance fee £5, if possible.6015-25