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Elm Lodge Home for Boys, Liverpool, Lancashire

The Elm Lodge Home for Boys was established by the Waifs and Strays Society in 1893 at 40 Seaforth Road, Seaforth, near Liverpool. The formal opening, on March 2nd, was performed by the Bishop of Liverpool, Dr Ryle. The home provided accommodation for 28 boys aged from 7 to 14 who were to be taught trades under the supervision of a labour master.

The location of the home is shown on the 1890 map below.

Elm Lodge Home for Boys site, Liverpool, c.1890.

Elm Lodge Home, Liverpool, early 1900s. © Peter Higginbotham

Elm Lodge Home, Liverpool, c.1911. © Peter Higginbotham

Elm Lodge Home, Liverpool, c.1916. © Peter Higginbotham

In 1931, the home was relocated to a house known as Beech Mount at 13 Cambridge Road, Waterloo, near Liverpool. The Cambridge Road house, which took on the name Elm Lodge, could house 30 boys from 7 to 14 years of age.

The home was closed during the Second World War and the boys dispersed to other branches. When the home re-opened in 1946, it received the boys from the Society's home at Rochdale which was being closed.

When Elm Lodge finally closed in 1969, the boys and their house-parents were transferred to the Alice Brooke Home for Girls in Scarborough, which was being turned into a mixed home. The Alice Brooke Home was itself to close just two years later.

Neither of Elm Lodge Home's Liverpool premises survives. The Seaforth site is now covered by part of Bowersdale Park.


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