Fron Home for Boys, Bodorgan, Anglesey, Wales
The Fron Home for Little Boys was located at Bethel, in the parish of Trefdraeth, Anglesey, although its postal address — based on the local railway station — was usually given as Bodorgan R.S.O. (Railway Sorting Office). The Home is said to have been founded by local people in around 1903. In 1905, however, it was taken over by the Waifs and Strays Society. The home could could accommodate up to eight boys aged from 4 to 10.
In 1911, the matron was Margaret A. Davies, with Mary Owen as a servant, and eight boys in residence:
- Medredith Pugh, aged 10, born Dolgelly
- Stanley Hope, aged 9, born Manchester
- Granville Ratclife, aged 8, born Preston
- Thomas Mitchell, aged 8, born Bangor
- William Swindley, aged 7, born Bucklow
- Bernard Berry, aged 6, born Birmingham
- Arthur Clark, aged 5, born Birkenhead
- Harold Roberts, aged 3, born Connah's Quay
The home closed in 1918 and the residents transferred to the Society's recently opened St Garmon's Home at Betws Garmon.
The Bethel property still exists, located on the B4422 about a quarter of a mile north of Bethel.
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- Index of the Society's first 30,000 children's case files ordered by surname.
- Index of the Society's first 30,000 children's case files ordered by date of birth.
- The Children's Society Records and Archive Centre is at Block A Floor 2, Tower Bridge Business Complex, 100 Clement's Road, London, England SE16 4DG (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Files for children admitted to its homes after September 1926 were microfilmed in the 1980s and the originals destroyed. Some post-1926 files had already been damaged or destroyed during a flood. The Society's Post-Adoption and Care Service provides access to records, information, advice, birth record counselling, tracing and intermediary service for people who were in care or adopted through the Society.
- The Society has produced detailed catalogues of its records relating to disabled children, and of records relating to the Children's Union (a fundraising body mostly supported from the contributions of children).
- Bowder, Bill Children First: a photo-history of England's children in need (1980, Mowbray)
- Church of England Waifs and Strays' Society [Rudolfe, Edward de Montjoie] The First Forty Years: a chronicle of the Church of England Waifs and Strays' Society 1881-1920 (1922, Church of England Waifs and Strays' Society / S.P.C.K.)
- Higginbotham, Peter Children's Homes: A History of Institutional Care for Britain s Young (2017, Pen & Sword)
- Morris, Lester The Violets Are Mine: Tales of an Unwanted Orphan (2011, Xlibris Corporation) — memoir of a boy growing up in several of the Society's homes (Princes Risborough, Ashdon, Hunstanton, Leicester) in the 1940s and 50s.
- Rudolf, Mildred de Montjoie Everybody's Children: the story of the Church of England Children's Society 1921-1948 (1950, OUP)
- Stroud, John Thirteen Penny Stamps: the story of the Church of England Children's Society (Waifs and Strays) from 1881 to the 1970s (1971, Hodder and Stoughton)
- Hidden Lives Revealed — the story of the children who were in the care of The Children's Society in late Victorian and early 20th Century Britain.
- The Children's Society
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