St Michael's Orphanage, Balscote, Oxfordshire

St Michael's Orphanage, a home affiliated to the Waifs and Strays Society, was established on October 2nd, 1883 at Balscote (or Balscott), Oxfordshire. It occupied an old farmhouse which had been converted by the vicar of Wroxton-cum-Balscote, the Rev. T.R. Izat. The home housed up to 21 boys aged from 5 upwards, only some of which were funded by the Society. The boys attended the village school school.

St Michael's Orphanage, Balscote, c.1884. © Peter Higginbotham

The resident superintendent of the home was a female relative of Archbishop Tench of Dublin, under whom were a matron and a girl servant.

The property is now a private residence known as Balscote House.

Records

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