Mother and Baby Homes — Middlesex-Oxfordshire

The establishments listed below are believed to have provided at least some accommodation for unmarried mothers and their babies, during at least some of their existence. They include maternity homes, before-and-after-confinement care homes, hostels for pregnant working girls or working mothers, and Irish County Homes. Homes that in their day were labelled Magdalen Homes are listed elsewhere.

Where applicable, 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.

Middlesex

Name and LocationFounded/OpenedClosed/MovedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
Barnes Convalescent Home, 15 Beverley Gardens, Barnes Common1893 First fall cases ineligible for other Convalescent Homes, 6s.; mother and baby, 7s. 6d.5 
Amherts Lodge, 47 Amherst Road, Ealingby 1964 Before and After Care Home.26m/14b 
The Swallows, 2 Sutherland Road, Ealingby 1920 Women received only after birth of child.  
St Mary's, Glamorgan Road, Hampton Wick c.1949 16m/12b 
Hillside, 5 Roxborough Park, Harrowby 1956 Shelter for Emergency and Post-natal Cases15m/6b 
Maddison Memorial Hostel, Maddison Lodge, Osterley, Isleworth1926 Mothers and babies; remain until babies two years old.18under 30
Bellevue, 167 Willesden Lane, Kilburnby 1964 Before and After Care Home.12m/12b 

Norfolk

Name and LocationFounded/OpenedClosed/MovedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
St Paul's Lodge, Salisbury Road, Great Yarmouthby 1949 Before and After Care Home.10m/6bover 15
81 Wisbech Road, King's Lynnby 1964 Hostel for Pregnant Working Girls.4m 
Norwich Diocesan Maternity Home, 53-55 Surrey Street, Norwich1921 First pre-maternity cases; 7s. and maternity benefit. Remain six months after child's birth.12under 25

Northamptonshire

Name and LocationFounded/OpenedClosed/MovedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
St Saviour's Diocesan Maternity Home, 103 Harlestone Road, Dallingtonby 1964 Maternity Home.15m/15b 
Elmleigh, 114 Harlestone Road, Dallingtonby 1964 Before and After Care Home.16m/10b 
St Saviour's Home, 21/21A/23A Manor Road, Kingsthorpe, Northampton1921 Maternity cases; from the Diocese 8s.; others 12s.15m/15nunder 25

Northumberland

Name and LocationFounded/OpenedClosed/MovedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
Ante and Post-Natal Hostel, Bowmer Bank, Morpethby 1964 Before and After Care Home.20m/20b 
Hopedene, 1A Gloucester Terrace, Elswick Road, Newcastle upon Tyneby 1964 Maternity Home.28m/12b 
Newcastle Diocesan Refuge, Clifton House, 54 Clifton Road, Newcastle upon Tyneby 1949 Shelter and Before and After Care Home.10m/6b 
Newcastle Diocesan Maternity Home, Elswick Lodge, 128 Park Road (now Park Close), Newcastle upon Tyne1920 Unmarried expectant mothers; stay six months; non-diocesan cases, 10s. Hostel for working pregnant girls.20m/12bunder 25
Hopedene, Jesmond Park Road, Newcastle upon Tyneby 1949 Maternity Home.22m/14b 

Nottinghamshire

Name and LocationFounded/OpenedClosed/MovedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
Grosvenor House, 1 Grove Street, Mansfieldby 1949 Before and After Care Home.9m/5b 
St Catherine's House, 15 Wilson Street, Newarkby 1949 Shelter and Before and After Care Home.7m/3b 
Mothers' Hostels, 95 Queen's Drive, Nottinghamby 1949 Before and After Care Home. Day Nursery attached. Some mothers go out to work.8m/8b 
Nottingham Temporary Rescue and Preventive Home, The Cottage, Newstead Grove, Nottingham1919 Mothers and babies; first fall.3under 25

Oxfordshire

Name and LocationFounded/OpenedClosed/MovedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
Mother and Baby Hostel, 7 Clark's Row,St Aldate's, Oxford19391977Before and After Care Home.14m/10b 
Oxford Ladies' Association, Hope Cottage, 57 Aston Street, Oxford1899 Mothers with their babies; first cases; 5s. diocesan cases; 7s. 6d. others.3under 25
Oxford Ladies' Association, St Frideswide's Home, 59 St John's Road, Oxford19011920Mothers with their babies; first cases; 5s. diocesan cases; 7s. 6d. others.8under 25