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Bolton Home for Girls, Bolton, Lancashire

The Bolton Home for Girls was opened by the Waifs and Strays Society in 1907 at 'Wardleigh', 112/114 Radcliffe Road, Bolton. The property, a pair of houses knocked together into a single residence, could accommodate 40 girls from 5 to 15 years of age. The formal opening of the home took place on February 14th, 1907, with the Bishop of Manchester conducting the ceremony of dedication.

The location of the home is shown on the 1929 map below.

Bolton Home for Girls site, c.1929.

Bolton Home for Girls, Bolton, 1907. © Peter Higginbotham

Bolton Home for Girls, Bolton, 1907. © Peter Higginbotham

In 1923, the accommodation at the home was increased to 48 places. In the same year, mains electricity was connected and a local donor provided a wireless set for the girls' enjoyment.

Bolton Home for Girls, Bolton, c.1923. © Peter Higginbotham

Bolton Home for Girls, Bolton, c.1931. © Peter Higginbotham

The home closed in 1953. The building was then used as a hostel for trainee nurses. The property no longer survives and a care home now occupies the site.


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