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St Thomas's Industrial Home and Orphanage, Oxford, Oxfordshire

St Thomas's Industrial Home and Orphanage was established in 1866 by Thomas Chamberlain, the vicar of St Thomas's, Oxford. The Home, for girls in moral danger', occupied premises at the west side of Church Street, just to the south-east of St Thomas's church. It was run by the Sisterhood of St Thomas who were based in Osney House at the opposite side of Church Street.

The Home steadily expanded with girls being received at a young age from all over England. The younger girls were taught in the kindergarten of the Sisterhood's own school, while the older girls attended the nearby parish school until they were of an age to be trained in housework and laundry work to prepare them for domestic service.

With the increase in numbers, new premises were built in 1881 and enlarged in 1895.

In 1906, the Home moved a few miles out of Oxford to Foxcombe Hill, then in Berkshire.


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