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Lincoln Villa, Middlesbrough, North Riding of Yorkshire

A Barnardo's home was opened in 1903 at Lincoln Villa on Westbourne Grove, North Ormesby. It could house twenty-four girls under the age of 16.

Lincoln Villa, Middlesbrough, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

At the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, the then residents were relocated to an evacuation home at Ripley Castle.

The house has now been converted to flats.

Lincoln Villa, Middlesbrough, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham


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  • 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)