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Rock End Preventive and Training Home, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

In 1897, a "Preventive and Training Home" for older girls was opened by Barnardo's in a house known as Rock End on Histon Road, Cambridge — it address was also sometimes given as 185 Histon Road. The home originally accommodated seven girls but the building was extended in 1900. In 1911, there were eighteen girls in residence, aged from 15 to 22, being trained in laundry or other domestic work under the supervision of the Matron Superintendent Miss Mary Annie Lewis.

Cambridge Rock End Training Home, early 1900s. © Peter Higginbotham

The building no longer exists, the site now being occupied by an Esso service station.


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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)