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Wangford Hall, Brandon, Suffolk

In 1940, a Barnardo's wartime evacuation home for boys was opened at Wangford Hall near Brandon in Suffolk. Its first residents were forty boys and three female staff members relocated from the Wretham Hall home in Norfolk which had been requisitioned by the RAF.

The home was damaged by bombing on 13th October 1941 with two of the boys being slightly injured. Nonetheless, the home appears to have remained in operation until the end of the war.

The property, adjacent to what is now Lakenheath airfield, has since become part of Wangford Farm.


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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)