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Bayfordbury, Lower Hatfield Road, Hertford, Hertfordshire

A Barnardo's evacuation home was opened in the early part of the Second World War at Bayfordbury, a large house on Lower Hatfield Road near Hertford, which was leased for the purpose. The home continued in use until 1945, when the property was sold to the John Innes Horticultural Institute.

Bayfordbury and its grounds are now a campus of the University of Hertford.


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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)