St Saviour's Home, Streatham, London
In 1893, the Metropolitan Association for Befriending Young Servants (MABYS) opened a 'lodging home for girls out of place' at 27 Bournevale Road, Streatham, London SW16. The property could accommodate up to 9 girls, aged 13 to 20, who were 'of respectable character in or needing employment.' A payment of 5s. per week was requested for each girl.
On 10th, March 1898, the Home became a Certified School, allowing it to receive pauper girls boarded out from workhouses by Boards of Guardians. In 1901, the Home had just girls in residence, with Miss A. Smith as superintendent.
In the early 1900s, the Home moved to 57 Arlingford Road, Tulse Hill, London SW2. It closed in 1907.
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- Fairly few records relating to MABYS appear to survive. Try using the National Archives Discovery system to search for either "Metropolitan Association For Befriending Young Servants" or "MABYS Association".
- Higginbotham, Peter Children's Homes: A History of Institutional Care for Britain s Young (2017, Pen & Sword)
- None identified at present.
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