London Female Preventive and Reformatory Institution, Holloway, London

In December, 1858, the London Female Preventive and Reformatory Institution (LFPRI) decided to establish an additional a home for penitent 'fallen' young women. A suitable property was found to rent at 18 Cornwall Place (later known as 35 Eden Grove), Holloway, London N7. A lady subscriber gave the sum of £50 in order that the premises could be fitted up for ten inmates. The home opened in the spring of 1858, eventually accommodating 35 inmates, aged 15 from 25.

London Female Preventive and Reformatory Institution, Holloway, c.1905. © Peter Higginbotham

The Eden Grove premises no longer survive.

After the Second World War, LFPRI changed its name to the London Haven for Women and Girls. The organisation was wound up in 1976, with its remaining assets being passed to the Rainer Foundation which later became part of Catch22.


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  • Galleries of Justice, Wolfson Study Centre, The Shire Hall, Lace Market, Nottingham NG1 1HN. Holds Rainer Foundation archives which include LFPRI material.
  • London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R OHB. (The Ancestry website also has LMA records relating to workhouses and other institutions — more details.) Has some records from 200 Euston Road (1907-47). The LMA catalogue notes "previous papers in parcel now missing".