Girls' Training Home / St Faith's Home, Moulsoe, near Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire
In September 1888, a Home for the Training of Girls in Domestic Work was established at Moulsoe by Miss Mary Nixon of Moulsoe Rectory. Its object was 'to give a happy home-life and a thoroughly good training in domestic service to children of respectable birth and character.' The exact location of the premises has not been identified.
The Home could accommodate 8 girls aged from 7 to 12 at their time of admission. The younger girls attended the parish school, while the older ones received training for service in the Home, where they were taught to do the housework, washing, cooking, and needlework.
On 18th September, 1888, the Home was officially registered as a Certified School, allowing it to receive girls from workhouses, placed by Boards of Guardians for a weekly payment of 5s.
In September, 1893, the running of the establishment was taken over by the Waifs and Strays Society who renamed it the St Faith's Home For Girls.
In the late 1890s, the home was being superintended by a Miss Cook. The home closed in around 1900.
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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: email@example.com). 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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