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Grove House, Harrogate, West Riding of Yorkshire

In 1927, the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (RAOB) — a British charitable fraternity dating from 1822 — opened a children's home at Grove House on Skipton Road, Harrogate. It replaced the Order's previous establishment at Druids Heath, near Walsall.

The £10,000 cost of purchasing the new premises was led by Lord Alston, with members of the order encouraged to buy a brick or yard of turf at a shilling a time, with each donor being presented with a certificate. The home was opened at Easter 1927, with the donor members processing from Harrogate railway station, accompanied by four brass bands.

Grove House, Harrogate, c.1930

Grove House, Harrogate, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

During the Second World War, party of the home was used to accommodate British and American service personnel.

Grove House, Harrogate, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

The home was closed in 1947, with the children then in residence being returned to members of their own families, together with a sum of money to assist in their support.

The building is still used by the RAOB.

Grove House, Harrogate, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham


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