Magdalen Homes — Middlesex-Oxfordshire

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.

Middlesex

Name and LocationFounded/OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
Barnes Convalescent Home, 15 Beverley Gardens, Barnes Common1893First fall cases ineligible for other Convalescent Homes, 6s.; mother and baby, 7s. 6d.5 
Ealing Shelter, 35 Windsor Road, Ealingby 900Fallen and preventive cases; temporarily; Deanery cases, free.10under 0
Ealing Shelter, 96 Haven Lane, Ealing1900Fallen and preventive cases; temporarily free.6under 0
Enfield Ruri-decenal Association for Care of Friendless Girls Refuge, 100 Hertford Road, Edmonton1903Fallen women and girls. Local cases free; others 5s. Preventive cases taken.5under 0
Rescue Society Home, Almond House, Upper Fore Street, Edmontonby 853   
The Shelter, 38 Albert Road, Hounslowby 1920Fallen women; free for Deanery cases; 5s. per week for others.2under 0
Isleworth Shelter, 131 Hortham Road, Isleworthby 1912Fallen women; 5s.; local cases free.2under 0
Maddison Memorial Hostel, Maddison Lodge, Osterley, Isleworth1926Mothers and babies; remain until babies two years old.18under 0
St Faith's Children's Home, 11 Gloucester Road, Teddington1910Children who have been criminally assaulted or from immoral surroundings; 6s. when possible.155-10
St Catherine's, 139 Church Road, Upper Teddingtonby 1912Rescue and preventive cases, 5s.; temporarily.4no limit
St Anne's Laundry Home, Trout Road, Yiewsley1901Girls morally weak and unfit for service; 4s.; remain two years.22over 6

Norfolk

Name and LocationFounded/OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
House of Mercy, Ditchingham, Bungay1854Fallen girls and those from evil surroundings, with full knowledge of evil, though not actually fallen.3015-25
The Refuge, Hope Cottage, Great Yarmouth1884Fallen girls of Yarmouth; free, if destitute.416-20
Shelter for Fallen Girls, St Nicholas' Mission House, Great Yarmouth1884Fallen girls of Yarmouth; temporarily; free, if destitute.416-20
Norwich Mission Shelter, 191 Dereham Road, Norwich1901Fallen women; temporarily; and maternity cases.5no limit
Norwich Female Mission Home, 1St Stephen Square, Norwich1877 615-25
St Augustine's Lodge, 30 Surrey Street, Norwich1872Fallen women; temporarily; Norwich or destitute cases free; others, a guinea entrance fee.13under 5
Norwich Refuge, 53 Botolph Street, Norwichby 893Fallen women; temporarily: Norwich or destitute cases, free; others a guinea entrance fee.13under 5
Norwich Diocesan Maternity Home, 53-55 Surrey Street, Norwich1921First pre-maternity cases; 7s. and maternity benefit. Remain six months after child's birth.12under 5
Norwich Mission Shelter, 61 Carnarvon Road, Norwichby 901Girls and young women out of situations; temporarily.5no limit
Rescue Hospital, Carnarvon Road, Norwich1871Lock cases only, prepared for admission to Homes. Destitute cases free.  
Greyfriars Refuge, King's Street, Norwich1886   
Norwich Diocesan Shelter, St Augustine's Lodge, 21 Lady's Lane, Norwichby 871Any girl needing help; payment according to circumstances.9no limit
Norwich Refuge, St Augustine's Lodge, 62 Pitt Street, Norwichby 893Fallen women; temporarily: Norwich or destitute cases, free; others a guinea entrance fee.13under 5
Norfolk and Norwich Magdalen or Female Home, York Villa, 83 Chapel Field Road, Norwich1827Fallen women and preventive cases; free from the county; remain one year.1315-25

Northamptonshire

Name and LocationFounded/OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
St Saviour's Home, 21/21A/23A Manor Road, Kingsthorpe, Northampton1921Maternity cases; from the Diocese 8s.; others 12s.15m/15nunder 5
Northampton Refuge, 29 Newland Terrace, Northamptonby 1920Fallen and friendless girls and women; local cases free.11no limit
Northampton Refuge, 3St Katherine's Terrace, Northamptonby 1912Fallen and friendless girls and women; local cases free.4no limit
Northampton Refuge /St Faith's Home, 9/10St George's Avenue, Northamptonby Girls needing help; from 5s.10under 5
Church Army Refuge, 10 Crawthorne Road, Peterborough1904Friendless and fallen from locality; temporarily1no limit

Northumberland

Name and LocationFounded/OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
Newcastle Diocesan House of Mercy, 305 Salter's Road, Gosforthc.1894Fallen women from diocese free; others on payment; remain two years.3614-20
Wilberforce Diocesan House of Refuge, 124 Westmoreland Road, Newcastle upon Tyne1903Fallen women; temporarily; free.8no limit
Wilberforce Diocesan House of Refuge, 41-43 Jesmond Road, Newcastle upon Tyne1918Fallen women; temporarily; free.13no limit
Temporary Home and Free Registry Office, 6 Ravensworth Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne1883   
Convent of the Good Shepherd, Benton Grange, Benton Park Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne1888Penitents and young girls in dangerous surroundings.180 
Newcastle Diocesan Refuge, Clifton House, 54 Clifton Road, Newcastle upon Tyneby 903Preventive and rescue cases; temporarily; diocesan cases free.14under 5
Wansbeck Home, Diana Street, Newcastle upon Tyne1831For northern counties. Free when necessary. Must be willing to remain two years.40no limit
Salvation Army Home, Marlborough House, 65 Osborne Road, Newcastle upon Tyne1889Girls and women in distress.34no limit
Rescue Home, Wansbeck House, Elswick Road, Newcastle upon Tyneby 831Fallen women from northern counties; free; remain two years.22under 8

Nottinghamshire

Name and LocationFounded/OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
Mansfield Deanery Shelter, 12 Gladstone Street, Mansfield1913Fallen girls of servant class; temporarily; payment when possible.3over 4
St Catherine's House, 15 Wilson Street, Newarkby 913Fallen and preventive cases; temporarily; 10s.; free from Deanery.6no limit
Newark Shelter, 55 Victoria Street, Newark1913Fallen and preventive cases; temporarily; 9s.; free from Deanery.5no limit
Nottingham Shelter, 16 Gorsey Road, Nottinghamby 924Women and girls needing help; free.  
Nottingham House of Refuge, 28 Chaucer Street, Nottingham1837Fallen women; free. Remain two years.3016-30
Nottingham Shelter, 32 Cranmer Street, Nottinghamby 924Women and girls needing help; free.2no limit
Nottingham Shelter, 49A Leen Side, Nottingham1924Women and girls needing help; free.2no limit
Nottingham Preventive Home, Hope Lodge, 35 Heskey Street, Nottingham1885 1013-18
Nottingham Temporary Rescue and Preventive Home / Training and Moral Welfare Centre, Southwell House, 16 Newstead Grove, Nottinghamby 885Fallen girls, preventive, Probation Act and prison cases from Nottingham, free; others, 5s.; temporarily.1313-25
Nottingham Temporary Rescue Home, Southwell House, North Street, Nottinghamby 885Fallen girls, preventive, Probation Act and prison cases from Nottingham, free; others, 5s.; temporarily.  
Nottingham Temporary Rescue Home, Southwell House,St John's Street, Nottinghamby 885Fallen girls from Nottingham, free; others 3s.; temporarily.  
Nottingham Temporary Rescue and Preventive Home, The Cottage, Newstead Grove, Nottingham1919Mothers and babies; first fall.3under 5
Retford Shelter, 33 Victoria Road, Retford1919Friendless and fallen; temporarily; deanery cases free. no limit
St Mary's Home, 13 Queen Street, Worksop1916Friendless and fallen girls and women.7no limit
Worksop Shelter, 27 George Street, Worksop1925Rescue and preventive cases; temporarily. no limit

Oxfordshire

Name and LocationFounded/OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
Oxford House of Refuge, Floyd's Row,St Aldates, Oxford1875Fallen women; free; temporarily.12no limit
Oxford Ladies' Association, Hope Cottage, 57 Aston Street, Oxford1899Mothers with their babies; first cases; 5s. diocesan cases; 7s. 6d. others.3under 5
Oxford Female Penitentiary, Manor House, Holywell Street, Oxford1852Fallen women; a year if possible; remain not less than two years.58no limit
Oxford Ladies' Association, St Frideswide's Home, 59St John's Road, Oxford1901Mothers with their babies; first cases; 5s. diocesan cases; 7s. 6d. others.8under 5
Oxford Female Penitentiary, St Mary's House, Lawn Upton, Sandford Road, Littlemore, Oxford1929Fallen women. Remain not less than two years.5817-35