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Salvation Army Maternity Home, Bradninch, Devon

In around 1941, the Salvation Army established a maternity home at Dunmore House, West End Road, Bradninch, Devon. It was donated for the purpose by its former occupants, the Hepburn family. The premises accommodated up to 22 mothers and 17 babies. There were also lying-in beds for married women. The usual length of stay was for six weeks before confinement and four months after confinement.

Salvation Army Maternity Home, Bradninch, Bradninch, 1940s. © Peter Higginbotham

The property has now been converted to private residential use.


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  • Booth, William In Darkest England, and the Way Out (1890, London: International Headquarters of the Salvation Army)
  • Sandall, Robert The History of the Salvation Army (1955, London: Nelson)