Penraevon Home for Boys, Boston Spa, West Riding of Yorkshire

The Penraevon Home for Boys was opened by the Waifs and Strays Society on April 1st, 1903, in a house on the High Street, Boston Spa. The home had previously been located at Appleton Roebuck near Bolton Percy. The new premises could accommodate 15 boys aged from 5 to 10 years.

Former Penraevon Home for Boys, Boston Spa, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

The home closed in 1919 when its lease on the house expired.

The property is now a private residence.

Records

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Bibliography

  • 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.)
  • 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)
  • 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.