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Orphanage and Training Home (Mr Fegan's), Deptford, London

On May 1st, 1872, James Fegan established an 'Industrial Home' or 'Training Home; for orphan and destitute boys at 112-114 High Street, Deptford. The home, founded with a loan of five pounds from each of four friends, provided a shelter for the boys at night, together with work and training in various trades during the day. As the number of boys grew, the home was also took over 118 High Street.

On July 31st, 1882, following the expiry of the lease on the Deptford property, the home moved to new premises at 95 Southwark Street in Southwark.

The property at 112-114 High Street no longer survives and an 'Iceland' store now occupies the site. The house at 118 High Street still stands, at the rear of a modern shop frontage.

Other homes run by Fegan were located at Greenwich, Ramsgate, Stony Stratford, Westminster, Goudhurst and Toronto.


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