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Great Saxham Hall and Glebe House, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

In 1940, Barnardo's evacuation centres for boys were opened at Great Saxham Hall and at the nearby Glebe House at Great Saxham, near Bury St Edmunds.

Glebe House, Great Saxham, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

The homes were both closed in 1946. Great Saxham Hall, a listed building, is now a private residence although occasionally open to the public. The Glebe House is also 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)