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Home for Incurables, Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire

The Barnardo's Home for Incurables was opened in October 1898 at 2 Parkfield Road, Manningham, Bradford.

Home for Incurables, Bradford, c.1906. © Peter Higginbotham

The home could accommodate up to 23 children. The beds, or rather cots, were allocated to various Yorkshire habitations of the Barnardo's Young Helpers' League so that supporters could more readily visit the cots which their own benevolence was supporting. The home's first matron was Sister Marian, a trained hospital nurse.

Ward at Home for Incurables, c.1906. © Peter Higginbotham

Matron, staff and inmates at Home for Incurables, c.1906. © Peter Higginbotham

Matron, inmates and donkey at Home for Incurables, c.1906. © Peter Higginbotham

The property, much altered over the years, is now a private residence.

Former Home for Incurables, Bradford, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham


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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)