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Dane Court, Parkstone, Dorset

Dane Court, a house at 12 St Peter's Road, Parkstone, near Poole, was opened as a Barnardo's home in October 1939 following the outbreak of the Second World War. The home took over the work of the Bruce Porter Hospital home which was evacuated to Parkstone from Folkestone in Kent.

In 1941, the occupants of Dane Court were re-evacuated to Hampsthwaite in Yorkshire, finally returning to their original base at Folkestone in 1947.

After the war, in 1947, Dane Court was re-opened as a home for boys but in September 1949 the residents were relocated to premises in Great Yarmouth. That home was closed in March 1951 and the residents transferred to Barnardo's Garden City home at Woodford Bridge in Essex.

The St Peter's Road house is now a private residence.


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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)