Ancestry UK

St Pelagia's Home, Rotherhithe, London

St Pelagia's Home for Roman Catholic girls was established in 1893 in premises at 654 Rotherhithe Street, Rotherhithe. It was run by the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and was located close to the area's Roman Catholic chapel. Other homes bearing the St Pelagia's name were opened at Limehouse, Highgate and Tottenham.

The Rotherhithe home could accommodate up to 56 girls and young women between the ages of 14 and 25 who were either destitute or 'preventive cases'. No payment was required, but the inmates were expected to remain for two years and work in the home's laundry in return for their board and lodging.

The home continued in operation until the Second World War.


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