Ancestry UK

Glenfield Frith Hall, Leicester, Leicestershire

In May 1949, Barnardo's opened a boys' home at Glenfield Frith Hall, a large old house in nine acres of woodlands at Glenfield, near Leicester.

In 1965-6, the old hall was demolished and replaced by a row of modern buildings known as Glenfield Frith Cottages. Five L-shaped cottages each accommodated seven children under the care of two members of staff. Other buildings included an administration block, recreation and games rooms, and an outdoor playground and games pitch.

When Barnardo's Montagu House home at Retford was closed in 1972, some of its children were transferred to Glenfield. In 1975, Glenfield took on a new role as a home for children with learning disabilities.

The home was eventually closed in 1991. The buildings were demolished in around 2011 and modern housing now occupies the site.


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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)