St Saviour's Orphanage / St Bridget's Home for Girls, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

St Saviour's Orphanage was established in 1872 in connection with the church and parish of St Saviour, Hitchin. Its object was 'to train as servants, poor girls whose fathers are dead, or cannot be found.'

In June, 1873, the Bishop of St Albans performed the official opening of the Orphanage's purpose-built premises on Radcliffe Road, Hitchin, although the building only became ready to receive its first inmates a few weeks later.

The building could initially accommodate up to fourteen girls, later increased to twenty-two. Those entering the home were normally below the age of 10 at their date of admission. A payment of 5s. a week was required for each girl, although this could be varied according to circumstances. The inmates of the home were under the care of one of the sisters from St Margaret's Home, East Grinstead.

Former St Saviour's Orphanage / St Bridget's Home for Girls, Hitchin, 2014. © Peter Higginbotham

In around 1933, the running of the home was taken over by the Holy Family Homes and renamed St Bridget's Home for Girls. It continued in operation until the mid-1950s.

The property is now in private residential use.

Records

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  • None identfied at present — any information welcome.

Census

Bibliography

  • Sisters of St Margaret Doing the Impossible: A Short History ical Sketch of St Margaret's Convent, East Grinstead, 1855-1980 (1984, Privately printed)
  • None identified at present.