Barnardo's Convalescent Home, Felixstowe, Suffolk
In 1886, a seaside convalescent home for up to forty 'destitute delicate children' was opened by Barnardo's at 5-6 Chelsea Villas on Cobbold Road, Felixstowe.
A hall at the rear of the home was used as a church and as a gymnasium. The building is now used as a local church, known as Raneagh Hall.
The building has now been divided up into three cottages.
In around 1925, the home moved to Harland House on Undercliff Road, Felixstowe, which overlooked the sea.
From 1940 to 1946, the home was evacuated to East Tanfield in North Yorkshire.
From 1958 until 1960, Harland House was used a reception home. It then served as a mixed long-term home until its closure in 1981. The property is now a nursing home.
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- Barnardo's 'Making Connections' and Family History Services — for enquiries relating the records of children formerly in the care of Barnardo's and those of other organisations absorbed by them.
- 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)
- The Barnardo's website.
- The Goldonian Website — memories and information from former Barnardo's children.
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