MABYS Auxiliary Home for Girls, Chelsea, London
In 1903, the Metropolitan Association for Befriending Young Servants (MABYS) opened an Auxiliary Home for Girls at 3 Smith Street, King's Road, Chelsea, London SW3. On March 31st, 1903, the establishment was certified to receive up to 8 girls from certified Industrial Schools. The Home provided hostel-style accommodation for girls aged from 14 to 20 who were leaving, or on licence from, one of the Schools in the capital, or who were former inmates between situations.
Exactly when the Smith Street Home ceased operation is unclear but it may have been in 1914 when a new Auxiliary Home was opened not far away at 94 Oakley Street, Chelsea, with accommodation for 11 girls. The new establishment was not certified to receive girls from Industrial Schools until October 1st, 1924.
The Oakley Street Home was still in operation in 1945 when it became known as the Mavis Hostel.
By the 1950s, the premises had become a Special and Receiving Home run by the London County Council.
In the mid-1960s, the property was taken over by the Kensington & Chelsea Borough Council and was used as a short-stay home.
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- Fairly few records relating to MABYS appear to survive. Try using the National Archives Discovery system to search for either "Metropolitan Association For Befriending Young Servants" or "MABYS Association".
- Higginbotham, Peter Children's Homes: A History of Institutional Care for Britain s Young (2017, Pen & Sword)
- None identified at present.
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