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The Manor House, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland

In 1947, Barnardo's opened the Manor House home at Quay Road, Ballycastle, County Antrim. The home was used to accommodate up to 50 infants and young children. The Manor House acted as a feeder home for Barnardo's Macedon home, which was located about 55 miles away at Newtownabbey.

Manor House, Ballycastle, c.2011.

The Manor House was closed in March 1984. In recent times, the building has been standing derelict.


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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)