Mother and Baby Homes — Shropshire-Sussex

The establishments listed below provided at least some accommodation for unmarried mothers and their babies. They include maternity homes, before-and-after-confinement care homes, hostels for pregnant working girls or working mothers, and Magdalen Homes.

Where available, the 'Places' column shows the accommodation provided for mothers and babies (exact figures could change over time).
Note that over the years, many institutions changed location and/or name, sometimes more than once. The accommodation provided, age of those admitted etc. at a home could also vary.

Shropshire

Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
Shrewsbury and Shropshire Refuge and Hostel, Chaddeslode, 130 Abbey Foregate, Shrewsburyby 1935Fallen and friendless girls; also mothers and babies; remain from three to twelve months; from 7s. 6d.8m/8bunder 25
Shrewsbury and Shropshire Refuge and Hostel, Chaddeslode, Crescent Lane, Shrewsbury1907Fallen and friendless girls; also mothers and babies; remain from three to twelve months; from 7s. 6d.10under 25

Somerset

Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
Hillview, 12 Walcot Parade, Bathby 1953After Care Home.6m/4b 
Hope House, 15 Lambridge Place, Bath1885Fallen girls and young women for confinement with first child. Payment, £10 and outfit.9/4 infants 
Exmoor House, Westerns, Dulvertonby 1949Before and After Care Home. Married women occasionally admitted.10m.7b 
Somerset County Home for Mothers and Babies, The Old House, South Petherton1921Unmarried expectant mothers; first cases only; 10s. 6d. From county; others, 12s. 6d.20under 30

Staffordshire

Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
Mother and Baby Home, 53 Union Street, Burton on Trentby 1949Before and After Care Home.  
Lyncroft House, Stafford Road, Lichfieldby 1949Maternity Home.20m/16b 
Mrs Hay Memorial Home, 36 Merridale Road, Wolverhamptonby 1949Before and After Care Home.12m/6bunder 20
Mrs Legge Memorial Home, 89 North Road, Wolverhampton1913Girls before birth of first illegitimate child. Diocesan cases, 12s. 6d.; others, 15s.12no limit

Suffolk

Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
St Bridget's, North Parade, Lowestoftby 1949Shelter and Before and After Care Home.12m/2b 

Surrey

Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
Convalescent Home of Rest, 28 Cleveland Road, Barnes Domestic servants or girls in business (first fall only). From 6s. Weekley.8m/5b15-20
St Aubyn's Shelter, Horsham Road, Dorkingby 1949Before and After Care Home.10m/3b 
Esher House, 6 Arnison Road, East Molesey1975Young, single mothers and their babies.  
Richmond Ladies' Association Refuge / Mission House Female Aid Society, Moore House, Paynesfield Avenue, East Sheenby 1912Fallen women; mothers and babies; temporarily.14no limit
Assisi (St Joseph's) Mother and Baby Home, Hammer Lane, Grayshottby 1949 36m/20b 
Home of the Good Shepherd, Haslemere1916Fallen and friendless girls; temporarily. By 1935: Mothers and babies; remain four months.12m/12bunder 30
Kingston Deanery Home, 18 Richmond Park Road, Kingston upon Thamesby 1935Maternity and rescue cases; local cases free, others 10s.19m/12bunder 30
Kingston and Surbiton Shelter, 45 Fairfield South, Kingston upon Thamesby 1930Maternity and rescue cases; temporarily; local cases free, others 10s. 6d. before and 12s. 6d. after confinement.6under 30
Kingston and Surbiton Ladies' Association, Mission House, 26 Gibbon Road, Kingston upon Thames1887Friendless or fallen girls; local cases only; temporarily.4under 24
Richmond Hostel for Unmarried Mothers and Babies, 1 The Hermitage, Richmond1924Mothers with their babies; payment according to circumstances.4no limit
Mission of Hope, Birdhurst Lodge, 14 South Park Hill Road, South Croydonby 1930Mothers, expectant mothers, infants and toddlers.36m/21bno limit
Mission of Hope, Blythswood, 43 St Peter's Road, South Croydonby 1920Mothers and babies.30under 30
Woking Preventive and Rescue Home, St Margaret's, 21-23 Ferndale Road, Horsell, Woking1901Rescue, preventive and maternity cases; also mothers and babies.12m/6bover 17