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Westwood, Norwich, Norfolk

In 1947, Westwood, a Barnardo's hostel for girls, was opened at 111 Newmarket Road, Norwich.

From 1948, the home received girls transferred from Oxford then, from 1955, girls were taken from a reception home in Great Yarmouth. At the start of 1958, the home was changed from acting as a reception home to a mixed family-style home housing up to twelve children.

Following Barnardo's closure of Westwood in August 1967, the children were transferred to the Teichman House home, also in Norwich.

The property was later used by Norfolk County Council and until 2007 housed a Pupil Referral Unit. It has now been converted to residential use.

Westwood, Norwich, 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)