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Tudor Bank, Southport, Lancashire

The Tudor Bank, Barnardo's Home for boys and girls, was opened in March 1958 at 2 Beach Road, Birkdale, near Southport.

Tudor Bank, Southport, c.1959.

Tudor Bank, Southport, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

When the Roden Villa home in Llandudno was closed in 1973, its superintendent Gladys Madgwick and children were transferred to Tudor Bank. The home also received staff and children from Liverpool's Aigburth Road after its closure.

Tudor Bank closed in 1981. In more recent times, the property, now much extended, has become an elderly care home.

Tudor Bank, Southport, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham


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  • Frampton, Phil The Golly in the Cupboard (2004, Tamic Publications - updated ebook edition due in late 2023). A memoir of growing up in the Tudor Bank home.
  • 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)