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St Swithin's Laundry Home, Sherborne, Dorset

The St Swithin's Laundry Home at Sherborne in Dorset was established in 1885 'to admit friendless girls, not fallen.' The Home, located on Newland, could accommodate up to 14 girls, aged at least 15 years at their time of admission.

For those entering the Home, an entrance fee of £1 was required, together with a certificate of health, the consent of friends, and an outfit of clothing. Girls were provided with an outfit on leaving for service. The Home was affiliated to the Church of England and inmates are received as members of St. Swithin's Guild.

The building was demolished in the 1970s and the site is now covered by a supermarket car park.


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