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Barcombe Place, Barcombe Cross, Lewes, Sussex

In 1940, Barcombe Place, at Barcombe Cross near Lewes, became one of Barnardo's many wartime evacuation homes. The property was then bought by Barnardo's in March 1944 as a long-term home for girls aged five or over. The home became mixed in 1957 then was later used for nursery-age children.

Barcombe Place, 1930s.

The home closed in 1971 and has now been converted into a number of private homes.


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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)