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Badgeworth Court, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

In 1945, a Barnardo's home was opened at Badgeworth Court on Cold Pool Lane, Badgeworth near Cheltenham. Badgeworth Court was a large old country house dating from 1829 and formerly the home of Colonel Selwyn Payne. The home accommodated up to 40 boys aged five to fourteen. The initial intake came from the Euston Hall evacuation centre in Norfolk from where the boys travelled by coach to Badgeworth with their superintendent Mr Leslie.

Badgeworth Court, Cheltenham, 1950s. © Peter Higginbotham

Badgeworth Court entrance lodge, Cheltenham, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

Badgeworth Court main entrance, Cheltenham, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

The home closed in 1964. The building later became Badgeworth Court School but is now a residential care centre.


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  • Barnardo, Syrie Louise, and Marchant, James Memoirs of the Late Dr Barnardo (Hodder & Stoughton, 1907)
  • Batt, J.H. Dr. Barnardo: The Foster-Father of "Nobody's Children" (S.W. Partridge, 1904)
  • Bready, J. Wesley Doctor Barnardo (Allen & Unwin, 1930)
  • Higginbotham, Peter Children's Homes: A History of Institutional Care for Britain's Young (2017, Pen & Sword)
  • Rose, June For the Sake of the Children: Inside Dr. Barnardo's: 120 years of caring for children (Hodder & Stoughton, 1987)
  • Wagner, Gillian Barnardo (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1979)