Ancestry UK

Catholic Boys' Home, Lambeth, London

In June 1900, the Southwark Rescue Society formally opened its newly erected home for 84 Roman Catholic boys at 5-17 Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth, adjacent to St George's Hall. The establishment, originally founded in 1889, had previously occupied two houses on Blackfriars Road and then operated as as an auxiliary home for Dartford Industrial School. Since that date, around 3,600 boys had passed through its doors.

Construction of the new building had been made possible by £600 gift from an unnamed donor. One wing of the building was for working boys, the other for destitute boys found in the streets or rescued from the police courts, with third section to be erected for younger boys. As well as dormitories, the new premises provided club rooms, reading rooms and a spacious swimming bath.

The School site is shown on the 1935 map below.

Boys' Home site, Lambeth, c.1935.

The property is now in mixed use.


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