All Saints' Home for Boys, Almondbury, West Riding of Yorkshire
The All Saints' Home for Boys was founded, perhaps as early as in 1870, by the Dowager Countess of Dartmouth. In 1892, the running of the home was passed to the Waifs and Strays Society. In 1894, the home moved to premises at Royd House (or Royds Lodge), Farnley Tyas, near Almondbury. The home could accommodate 6 boys aged 3 to 7, with Mrs Eliza Ford as its matron.
In 1907, the home moved to new purpose-built premises on Dark Lane, Almondbury, where 10 boys aged from 3 to 7 were accommodated.
In 1937, the home was extended to increase its accommodation to ten.
In 1945, like many others at the time, All Saints' became a mixed home. In 1974, it began to specialise in the care of children who were physically disabled.
The home closed in around 1987, having been run for the previous forty years or so by Janette and George Martin. The property now provides residential accommodation for older people.
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- Index of the Society's first 30,000 children's case files ordered by surname.
- Index of the Society's first 30,000 children's case files ordered by date of birth.
- The Children's Society Records and Archive Centre is at Block A Floor 2, Tower Bridge Business Complex, 100 Clement's Road, London, England SE16 4DG (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Files for children admitted to its homes after September 1926 were microfilmed in the 1980s and the originals destroyed. Some post-1926 files had already been damaged or destroyed during a flood. The Society's Post-Adoption and Care Service provides access to records, information, advice, birth record counselling, tracing and intermediary service for people who were in care or adopted through the Society.
- The Society has produced detailed catalogues of its records relating to disabled children, and of records relating to the Children's Union (a fundraising body mostly supported from the contributions of children).
- 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.)
- Higginbotham, Peter Children's Homes: A History of Institutional Care for Britain s Young (2017, Pen & Sword)
- 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.
- 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)
- Hidden Lives Revealed — the story of the children who were in the care of The Children's Society in late Victorian and early 20th Century Britain.
- The Children's Society
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