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Margaret Convalescent Home, Bognor Regis, Sussex

The Margaret Convalescent Home was opened by Barnardo's in 1932 on Lower Bognor Road at Aldwick, Bognor Regis. It was donated to the charity by Mrs Margaret Rank, a relative of the flour-milling and film magnate, J Arthur Rank. The property, an old farmhouse, was used to accommodate boys aged from 6 to 14.

From 1948, the home — which became known as Margaret House (or occasionally as St Margaret) — became a long-term boys' home.

After its closure in March 1977, the property was taken over by the local authority. The building no longer exists but its name is commemorated by the residential modern road, Margaret Close, which now covers the site.


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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)