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Bayswater Orphan Asylum, Bayswater, London

The Bayswater Orphan Asylum was established in 1833 to provide a home for destitute orphan girls.

By 1871, the home occupied premises at 26 Kensington Park Road, Bayswater, London W11, where around 20 girls could be accommodated.

Admission to the home was by an election of subscribers each January, or by payment. Annual subscribers of 5s., or donors of £5. 5s., had one vote at each election. Any person on payment of £63, or £84 (according to the age of child) could immediately place an orphan. Candidates for election had to be nominated by a subscriber of not less than £1. 1s. A medical certificate of health for each child was required. Certificates were also required, before admission, of the birth of the child, the marriage of its parents, and the death of its father. A payment of £3 was required for clothing. No child was admitted under six years of age. Girls left at the age of 15 to enter service, and were provided with an outfit.

The Asylum is thought to have closed in around 1919.

A modern view of 26 Kensington Park Road


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