Spennell's House, Kidderminster, Worcestershire
In May 1946, Barnardo's opened a home in an old house known as Spennell's (or Spennells) on Comberton Road, Lower Comberton, near Kidderminster. Originally used just for boys aged from 5 to 14, it later became a mixed home for children of all ages.
The location of the home is shown on the 1954 map below.
In the 1960s, the home moved to new buildings in the grounds of the old house.
Spennell's House closed in 1982. The buildings no longer survive and a residential road, Cardinal Drive, now covers the site.
Note: many repositories impose a closure period of up to 100 years for records identifying individuals. Before travelling a long distance, always check that the records you want to consult will be available.
- Barnardo's 'Making Connections' and Family History Services — for enquiries relating the records of children formerly in the care of Barnardo's and those of other organisations absorbed by them.
- The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU. File BN62/1304 — inspection reports (1962-70). [Access closed for 75 years]
- 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)
- The Barnardo's website.
- The Goldonian Website — memories and information from former Barnardo's children.
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