Ancestry UK

Collier House, Colchester, Essex

The Collier House Barnardo's home for boys was opened in 1945 at Stanway near Colchester. By 1956 it had a become a girls' home then later was mixed.

The location of the home is shown on the 1966 map below.

Collier House site, Stanway, c.1966.

The home closed in 1981 and is now part of St Mary's Girls' School.


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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)