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Mount Royal, Hexham, Northumberland

In September 1948, Barnardo's opened its Mount Royal home at Allendale Road, Hexham. Initially taking just girls, the home became mixed in February 1953. From 1975, Mount Royal was used as a home for children with emotional difficulties. Following the home's closure in September 1982, the staff and children were relocated to the King's Cottage at Barnardo's Garden City site.

Mount Royal, Hexham, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

The Mount Royal building still exists, now 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)