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Eversholt House, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

In 1938, a property known as Eversholt House, on Grove Place, Bedford, was donated to the Waifs and Strays Society by Mr E.F. Green, for use as a children's home in memory of his father.

Initially, the home was used to house children temporarily evacuated from the Society's Maurice Home for Girls in Ealing, when the threat of war seemed imminent.

The evacuees returned to Ealing later that year, with the establishment then re-opening as the St Margaret's home, accommodating 25 girls.

In 1981, a unit for teenagers was set up at the home, aiming to provide a halfway house between institutionalised care and subsequent independent living.

The property ceased its role as a children's home in 1984 and is now in private residential use.


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