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Fornham House, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

In 1939, a Barnardo's evacuation home for boys aged from 5 to 11 was opened at Fornham House in the village of Fornham St Martin, near Bury St Edmunds.

Fornham House, near Bury St Edmunds, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

The home closed in July 1945 with the boys then being transferred to the Old Roar House home at St Leonards on Sea in Sussex.

Fornham House still survives and is now a residential home.


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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)