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Woodlands, Chirk, near Wrexham, Denbighshire

From 1943 to April 1945, a Barnardo's wartime "Woodlands" evacuation centre operated at Chirk, near Wrexham, Denbighshire (though technically located in England, the home is usually described as being in Wales). The home particularly catered for brothers and sisters.

Children at Woodlands evacuation home, Chirk, c.1943. © Peter Higginbotham

Children at Woodlands evacuation home, Chirk, c.1943. © Peter Higginbotham

Former Woodlands home, Chirk, 2012.

The building is now a private residence.


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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)