Children's Home, Roehampton, London
An institution known simply as the Children's Home was established in 1877, 'to support, educate, and train for domestic service little girls who, from destitution or other reasons, are unable to be so trained in their own homes.' The home was perhaps founded by Mrs. J. Douglas Charrington of Wimbledon Common, who subsequently managed and financially supported the home.
By the late 1890s, the home occupied premises on Roehampton Lane, Roehampton, London SW15, where up to 30 girls could be accommodated.
For each girl placed in the Home, a payment was required of £10. 10s. a year, in advance. In addition, the sum of £2. 2s. towards the purchase of an outfit when the girl went into service had to be guaranteed by a respectable householder, who was also held responsible for the removal of the girl when necessary. Each girl had to be provided with a change of clothes and two pairs of good boots.
The home closed in March, 1927. The building no longer stands.
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