Ancestry UK

St John's Wood House, 100 College Road, West Dulwich, London

In around 1970, Barnardo's took over a property known as St John's Wood House at 100 College Road, West Dulwich. The building, originally a vicarage for the adjacent St Stephen's Church, had subsequently been used as a hotel. From around 1954 until 1969 it is believed to have become a home for single mothers run by the charity founded by Miss Sharman, who had operated a number of children's homes in London and the south-east of England from the 1870s until the 1920s.

Barnardo's used the premises as a mixed home for only a relatively short period. After its closure, the building stood empty for a number of years but was then renovated for private residential use.


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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)