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Barrows Green House, Barrows Green, near Kendal, Westmorland

In April 1948, Barnardo's opened a home for boys at Barrows Green House near Kendal. In September 1971, it became a short-stay home, then from 1973 was used for children with physical and learning disabilities.

Barrows Green House, Kendal, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

The home closed in 2002 and has now been converted to residential use.


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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)