MABYS Central Training Home, Chiswick, London
In 1881, the Metropolitan Association for Befriending Young Servants (MABYS) opened its Central Training Home at Grosvenor House, Chiswick Lane, Chiswick, London W4. It was intended to provide training 'for ignorant and troublesome girls who have failed in domestic service'. The establishment could initially accommodate up to 18 girls, although this was later increased to 40. On 8th March, 1883, the Home was licensed as a Certified School, allowing it to receive pauper girls boarded-out from workhouses by Boards of Guardians. A payment of 4s. to 5s. a week was required for each girl.
In January, 1904, the Home moved to Wray Common, Reigate.
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- Fairly few records relating to MABYS appear to survive. Try using the National Archives Discovery system to search for either "Metropolitan Association For Befriending Young Servants" or "MABYS Association".
- Higginbotham, Peter Children's Homes: A History of Institutional Care for Britain s Young (2017, Pen & Sword)
- None identified at present.
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