Ancestry UK

Roden Villa, Llandudno, Carnarvonshire, Wales

In 1903, Barnardo's opened its Roden Villa home at 22-23 Trinity Square, Llandudno. It housed up to 28 girls, usually in the age range of 10-12 at their admission. The home became mixed in 1956.

The home was closed in 1973, with some of the children being transferred to Barnardo's Tudor Bank home near Southport.


The building is now used as office accommodation.

Former Roden Villa home, Llandudno, 2012. © Peter Higginbotham


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, 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)