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London Female Preventive and Reformatory Institution, Camden Town, London

In around 1866, the London Female Preventive and Reformatory Institution (LFPRI) established a home for penitent 'fallen' young women at 5 Camden Street, Camden Town, London NW1. It replaced a previous establishment at New Cross.

Mrs Maria Thomas, who had freely given her services as matron of the first LFPRI homes, went on to become visiting matron at the additional homes. She retained this position until her death at 5 Camden Street on April 29th, 1868.

The use of the Camden Street premises ended after the Institution's lease expired in around 1870. A replacement home was subsequently opened at Chelsea.

After the Second World War, LFPRI changed its name to the London Haven for Women and Girls. The organisation was wound up in 1976, with its remaining assets being passed to the Rainer Foundation which later became part of Catch22.


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