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Convalescent Children's Home, Christchurch, Dorset

In 1950, a Convalescent Children's Home was opened by J.H. Leonard Lloyd at Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch. Lloyd had recently opened a similar home at Lynton, North Devon.

Convalescent Children's Home advertisement, Christchurch, c.1950.

The following year, allegations of the indecent assault of children led to a subsequent court case. Although the charges were dismissed, both homes closed.

Following fires in the late 1960s, the building stood derelict until 1977 when the property was purchased by Christchurch Borough Council. Following considerable renovation and refurbishment, the Castle is now a popular tourist attraction, community space and wedding venue.


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  • Thanks to Jackie Depelle for the advertisement.