Ancestry UK

Axholme House, Doncaster, West Riding of Yorkshire

In 1962, Barnardo's opened its Axholme House home for boys and girls at 125 Thorne Road, Doncaster.

Axholme House, Doncaster, 2012. © Peter Higginbotham

In the 1970s, the home increasingly provided relatively short-term accommodation for younger children prior to their being found more permanent homes. A fall in demand for places at the home eventually led to its closure in 1978.

The building is still standing and, in more recent times, has housed an organisation providing support for autism.


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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)