Ancestry UK

Long Close, Farnham Royal, Buckinghamshire

In 1952, Barnardo's opened a hostel for working-age girls in a large old house known as The Long Close on Black Pond Lane, Farnham Royal.

The location of the home is shown on the 1925 map below.

The Long Close, Farnham Royal, c.1925.

The home closed in 1957 and the property has since been demolished. The site is now covered by a residential development with the old house memorialised in its road name Long Close.


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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)