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Beaconsfield, Cullercoats, Northumberland

Beaconsfield House, situated on the Grand Parade at Cullercoats, was acquired by Barnardo's in 1945 and in the following January opened as a home for around a dozen boys.

Beaconsfield Home site, Cullercoats, c.1938.

The home was closed in the September of 1953. The building no longer survives and the site is now occupied by the Blue Reef Aquarium.

Site of the former St Aidan's Home, Whitley Bay, 2014. © 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)