Frances Owen Memorial Home, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

The Frances Owen Home was established in 1883 in memory of Mrs Frances Mary Owen, the wife of the Rev. J.A. Owen, a house-master at Cheltenham College. The couple were both active in helping the poor and underprivileged in the town and in 1880 had founded a Christian Mission in Rutland Street, what was then a notorious part of the town. The Frances Owen Home, at 28 Cambray Place, Cheltenham, was intended for the rescue of girls who had fallen into moral danger — sometimes referred to as the 'friendless and fallen'. It provided accommodation for up to three months. Local cases were received without charge. For others, a weekly payment of 3s.6d. to 5s. was required. The home could accommodate up to 8 girls, with no limit on age.

Former Frances Owen Home, Cheltenham, 2012. © Peter Higginbotham

The home was taken over by the Church Army in 1901 and is believed to have continued in operation up until the 1930s.

The property is now in private residential use.

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