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Barnardo's Convalescent Home, Felixstowe, Suffolk

In 1886, a seaside convalescent home for up to forty 'destitute delicate children' was opened by Barnardo's at 5-6 Chelsea Villas on Cobbold Road, Felixstowe.

Cobbold Road Convalescent Home, Felixstowe, c.1907. © Peter Higginbotham

Cobbold Road Convalescent Home, Felixstowe, c.1911. © Peter Higginbotham

A hall at the rear of the home was used as a church and as a gymnasium. The building is now used as a local church, known as Raneagh Hall.

Barnardo's Ranelagh Road Hall, Felixstowe, 1911 © Peter Higginbotham

Barnardo's Ranelagh Road Hall, Felixstowe, 1911. (Detail) © Peter Higginbotham

Barnardo's Ranelagh Road Hall, Felixstowe, 1911 (Detail) © Peter Higginbotham

The building has now been divided up into three cottages.

Convalescent Home, Felixstowe,2013. © Peter Higginbotham

In around 1925, the home moved to Harland House on Undercliff Road, Felixstowe, which overlooked the sea.

Harland House, Felixstowe, date unknown. © Peter Higginbotham

From 1940 to 1946, the home was evacuated to East Tanfield in North Yorkshire.

From 1958 until 1960, Harland House was used a reception home. It then served as a mixed long-term home until its closure in 1981. The property is now a nursing home.

Undercliff Road Convalescent Home, Felixstowe, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham


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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)