MABYS Association Training School, Reigate, Surrey
The Central Training Home run by the Metropolitan Association for Befriending Young Servants (MABYS) was originally opened in 1881 at Chiswick to provide training 'for ignorant and troublesome girls who have failed in domestic service'.
In 1904, the Home moved to new premises at The Mount, Wray Common, near Reigate, Surrey. On January 11th, 1904, the Home was re-certified as a Certified School, allowing it to receive pauper girls boarded-out from workhouses by Boards of Guardians. The Reigate premises could accommodate up to 40 girls aged 14 to 15 at their time of admission.
The Home was still in operation in 1939.
The premises no longer exist.
Note: many repositories impose a closure period of up to 100 years for records identifying individuals. Before travelling a long distance, always check that the records you want to consult will be available.
- 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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