Furniture Trades Provident and Benevolent Association Orphan Homes, Radlett, Hertfordshire

The Furniture Trades Provident and Benevolent Association (later renamed the Furnishing Trades Benevolent Association) was formed in 1903. One of its first actions was to establish a home to 'maintain and educate the orphan and necessitous children' of its members. Hugely ambitious plans were drawn up by the architect K Frank Atkinson for an eventual 'colony' homes on a siteat Cobden Hill, Radlett, Hertfordshire.

Furniture Trades' Orphan Homes projected 'colony', Radlett, 1905.

The initial stage of the scheme comprised two pairs of semi-detached houses and could accommodate a total of 48 children. The establishment was formally opened on July 22nd, 1905, by the Association's President, Mr S.J. Waring.

Furniture Trades' Orphan Homes site, Radlett, c.1913.

Furniture Trades' Orphan Homes, Radlett, c.1905.

Furniture Trades' Orphan Homes, Radlett, c.1905.

In 1921, the home relocated to Highgate in north London.

The Radlett premises are now in private residential use.

Former Furniture Trades Orphan Homes, Radlett.

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