Home of the Holy Child / Sycamore House Home for Boys, Moseley, Staffordshire
The Home of the Holy Child (also known for a time as St Anne's Home) was founded in the 1870s by Emma Charlotte Simcox, a Sister of the Roman Catholic order of the Guild of St Alban the Martyr. The home was based at 36-37 Highgate Street, Moseley, where up to a dozen boys were housed, aged from 4 to 11 years.
In 1904, the establishment was handed over to the Waifs and Strays Society who renamed it the Sycamore Home.
By 1907, the building was considered to be no longer suitable and a move was made to new premises at 13 Park Road, Moseley. The new home was dedicated by the Archdeacon of Birmingham February 12th, just a few days after Miss Simcox had died. A brass tablet in her memory was placed in the hall of the home.
During the Second World War, the boys were evacuated to The Butts at Matlock, but returned after hostilities ceased. In 1949, Sycamore House became a mixed home.
The home closed in 1967. The property is now a private residence.
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- Index of the Society's first 30,000 children's case files ordered by surname.
- Index of the Society's first 30,000 children's case files ordered by date of birth.
- The Children's Society Records and Archive Centre is at Block A Floor 2, Tower Bridge Business Complex, 100 Clement's Road, London, England SE16 4DG (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Files for children admitted to its homes after September 1926 were microfilmed in the 1980s and the originals destroyed. Some post-1926 files had already been damaged or destroyed during a flood. The Society's Post-Adoption and Care Service provides access to records, information, advice, birth record counselling, tracing and intermediary service for people who were in care or adopted through the Society.
- The Society has produced detailed catalogues of its records relating to disabled children, and of records relating to the Children's Union (a fundraising body mostly supported from the contributions of children).
- Bowder, Bill Children First: a photo-history of England's children in need (1980, Mowbray)
- Church of England Waifs and Strays' Society [Rudolfe, Edward de Montjoie] The First Forty Years: a chronicle of the Church of England Waifs and Strays' Society 1881-1920 (1922, Church of England Waifs and Strays' Society / S.P.C.K.)
- Higginbotham, Peter Children's Homes: A History of Institutional Care for Britain s Young (2017, Pen & Sword)
- Morris, Lester The Violets Are Mine: Tales of an Unwanted Orphan (2011, Xlibris Corporation) — memoir of a boy growing up in several of the Society's homes (Princes Risborough, Ashdon, Hunstanton, Leicester) in the 1940s and 50s.
- Rudolf, Mildred de Montjoie Everybody's Children: the story of the Church of England Children's Society 1921-1948 (1950, OUP)
- Stroud, John Thirteen Penny Stamps: the story of the Church of England Children's Society (Waifs and Strays) from 1881 to the 1970s (1971, Hodder and Stoughton)
- Hidden Lives Revealed — the story of the children who were in the care of The Children's Society in late Victorian and early 20th Century Britain.
- The Children's Society
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