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The Marfords, Bromborough, Cheshire

The Marfords — a large house on Dibbinsdale Road, Bromborough — became a Barnardo's home in 1937. It provided accommodation for 25 boys, with the age of admission being from 7 to 14 years.

The location of the home is shown on the 1899 map below.

The Marfords, Bromborough site, c.1899.

Barnardo's Home, The Marfords, Bromborough, c.1938. © Peter Higginbotham

The home closed in 1962 with the boys being relocated to the Arnhall home at Llandudno. The Bromborough building no longer exists and the Dibbins Green housing development 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)