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Home of the Good Shepherd / St Michael's House Home, Hoar Cross, near Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire

The Home of the Good Shepherd was established in 1888 in part of the Old Hall at Hoar Cross, near Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire. One wing of the building was adapted by its owner, the Honourable Emily Meynell-Ingram, as a home for orphan boys. The vicar of the parish, the Rev. W.J. Knox Little, Canon of Worcester, superintended the management of the Home, and the training and care of the boys. The home was run by the Sisters of St Margaret's, East Grinstead, and could accommodate up to fourteen boys aged from 4 to 9 years who had lost both parents. As well as sheltering the boys until they were placed out in the world, the founder hoped that it would also continue to be their home in times of holiday, or rest, or return from sea. The boys attended the local National School. Several were in the choir of the church, and one or two learned to act as servers at the altar.

In 1950, the home was taken over by the Children's Society (formerly the Waifs and Strays Society) and renamed the St Michael's House Home. The residents from the Leven And Melville Home For Boys at St Leonards on Sea, which was then closing, were transferred to St Michael's.

Former Good Shepherd / St Michael's Home, Hoar Cross, 2014. © Peter Higginbotham

n 1963, it was reported that the home appeared to have a resident ghost, said to be the friendly spirit of the home's founder who had died in 1904.

The home eventually closed in around 1983. The site is now occupied by an elderly care home.


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