Fairlight Home, Rustington, Sussex

The Fairlight Home was opened by the Waifs and Strays Society in 1944 at 121 Worthing Road, Rustington. It was initially used to house children from the St Francis' Home at Clapham Park who had already been evacuated to Steyning.

When the St Francis' children returned to Clapham Park after the war, the Fairlight Home remained in operation, housing boys and girls from aged from 6 to 16.

The home closed in 1972, with the children and matron then taking up residence in the nearby Carruthers Corfield House home.

The Worthing Road property, much altered and extended, is now used as a nursing home.

Records

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Bibliography

  • 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.)
  • 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)
  • 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.