Ancestry UK

Home for the Deaf and Dumb, Hackney, London

In 1900, a Barnardo home for up to 35 deaf and dumb children was opened at 51 Mare Street, Hackney. Originally catering for just girls, it later became mixed and also added accommodation for blind and physically disabled children.

Girls at the home produced items such as Persian pile rugs and carpets, pictorial tapestries, Honiton and hand-painted lace, and marquetry.

The home closed in around 1914.


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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)