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Ifield Hall, Crawley, Sussex

In 1943, a Barnardo's home for boys was opened at Ifield Hall, near Crawley. It could accommodate up to 45 boys aged 5 to 14. In 1959, Ifield Hall became a mixed home. In August 1968, it received children from the Kingston upon Thames home when it was closed down. Ifield Hall was itself closed in March 1973.

The location of the home is shown on the 1963 map below.

Ifield Hall site, Crawley, c.1963.

Ifield Hall no longer exists and a plant nursery 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)