Ancestry UK

Beacon School, Crowborough, Sussex

In November 1937, Barnardo's opened a home for boys on Church Road, Crowborough. The property, known as the Beacon School, was originally built in the 1880s as a private boy's school.

Beacon School, Crowborough, date unknown. © Peter Higginbotham

From 1945, the home again became a school, employing its own teaching staff to educate the boys.

The Beacon School was closed in 1957. The building has now become the St Anthony care home.


Note: many repositories impose a closure period of up to 100 years for records identifying individuals. Before travelling a long distance, always check that the records you want to consult will be available.


  • 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)