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Archibald G. Brown's Orphan Home, Bow, London

A home for orphan boys was opened in 1880 at 2 Harley Street (now Harley Grove), Bow, and by 1890 also occupied the neighbouring property at 1 Harley Street. It was founded by Archibald Geikie Brown, a pastor at the East London Tabernacle. The home took boys aged between 5 and 10 years, with no payment required. Each case was admitted on its own merits. In 1890, the home had 22 inmates.

By 1900, the Home was admitting boys as well as girls, as indicated by the advertisement below, promoting the work of the Homes and of the East London Tabernacle.

Orphan Homes advertisement, c.1900. © Peter Higginbotham

The Home had closed by 1911 and the property was then sold. The building no longer survives.


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