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Keffolds, Haslemere, Surrey

In September 1942, Barnardo's opened a home for small children in a property known as Keffolds on Bunch Lane, Haslemere. In February 1946, the home was adapted for use as a convalescent home then in November 1947 became a home for children aged from 2 to 11.

Barnardo's, Keffolds, Haslemere, c.1948. © Peter Higginbotham

In August 1958, the then residents were transferred to the Netherheys home in Croydon. The premises were then taken over by the Ockenden Venture.


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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)