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Chawton House, Alton, Hampshire

In February 1943, a Barnardo's wartime evacuation home for girls was opened at Chawton House on Winchester Road, Chawton, near Alton in Hampshire. The home was closed in June 1947.

Chawton House was once the home of Jane Austen's brother, Edward Austen Knight, the brother of Jane Austen who herself lived in a house on Chawton village. Following its renovation in 1996-2003, the property is now home to Chawton House Library which houses a major collection of women's writing in English covering the period 1600 to 1830.


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  • 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)