Ancestry UK

Mother and Baby Homes — Wales

The establishments listed below are believed to have provided at least some accommodation for unmarried mothers and their babies, during at least some of their existence. They include maternity homes, before-and-after-confinement care homes, hostels for pregnant working girls or working mothers, and Irish County Homes. Homes that in their day were labelled Magdalen Homes are listed elsewhere.

Where applicable, the 'Places' column shows the accommodation provided for mothers and babies (exact figures could change over time).
Note that over the years, many institutions changed location and/or name, sometimes more than once. The accommodation provided, age of those admitted etc. at a home could also vary.


Name and LocationFounded/OpenedClosed/MovedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
St Margaret's Maternity Home, 78 Claude Road, Cardiff1895 Hopeful first fall cases, admitted during pregnancy, kept for two years with their infants. Payment according to circumstances.414-25
Salvation Army Home, Hope Lodge, 21-22 Moira Terrace, Cardiff1917c.1922Unmarried mothers and their infants.20 
Salvation Army Home, Northlands, 202 North Road, Cardiff1917 Unmarried mothers and their infants.18m/12b 
Llandaff Diocesan Church Home, 56 Stanwell Road, Penarthby 1964 Before and After Care Home.11m/5b 
Cwmdonkin Shelter, 10A (later renumbered 67) Heathfield, Swanseaby 1949  8m/6b 


Name and LocationFounded/OpenedClosed/MovedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
Nantyderry Maternity Home and Hostel, Nantyderry House, Nantyderry, Abergavenny1920 Working-class girls about to become mothers; 15s; remain six months.12under 30
Crossways Green, Chepstowby 1964 Maternity Home and Hostel for Working Mothers..34m/34b 
The Shelter, 43 York Place, Newportby 1949  5m