Home for Incurables, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

On December 18th, 1902, the Barnardo's "Home for Incurables" was opened at Agra House, 19 Park Road, Tunbridge Wells. It could accommodate up to forty physically disabled children.

Tunbridge Wells Home for Cripples, Tunbridge Wells, c.1907. © Peter Higginbotham

Tunbridge Wells Home for Cripples, Tunbridge Wells, c.1907. © Peter Higginbotham

Tunbridge Wells Home for Cripples, Tunbridge Wells, c.1907. © Peter Higginbotham

The home was closed in March 1939.

Records

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Bibliography

  • Barnardo, Syrie Louise, and Marchant, James Memoirs of the Late Dr Barnardo (Hodder & Stoughton, 1907)
  • Batt, J.H. Dr. Barnardo: The Foster-Father of "Nobody's Children" (S.W. Partridge, 1904)
  • Bready, J. Wesley Doctor Barnardo (Allen & Unwin, 1930)
  • Higginbotham, Peter Children's Homes: A History of Institutional Care for Britain s Young (2017, Pen & Sword)
  • Rose, June For the Sake of the Children: Inside Dr. Barnardo's: 120 years of caring for children (Hodder & Stoughton, 1987)
  • Wagner, Gillian Barnardo (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1979)