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Shackleford House, Godalming, Surrey

In September 1946, Barnardo's opened a home for boys at Shackleford House on what is now Grenville Road, Eashing, near Godalming. It could could around accommodate around twenty-five boys in the 5 to 15 age range.

In July 1960, the home was adapted for use as a training school for girls but closed at the end of 1964. The property was then briefly operated as a girls' Approved School run by a former staff member at the home. It was then sold for residential use, with the main building being divided into two homes.


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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)