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Honingham Hall, Norwich, Norfolk

In 1940, Honingham Hall near Norwich, like a number of Britain's grand country houses, became home to a Barnardo's wartime evacuation centre. The owner of the Hall, Sir Eric Teichman, who continued in residence in a separate part of the building, was so impressed by what he saw of the visiting Barnardo's boys that he decided to bequeath the Hall to the charity. This transpired sooner than anticipated following Sir Eric's premature death in 1944 at the hands of an American airman he had caught poaching.

In 1947, the Hall was first used as a boys' temporary home then, from 1951, as a long-term home. The Hall was finally closed at the end of 1965, with the boys being transferred to the new Teichman House home, its name commemorating Sir Eric Teichmann.

The Hall buildings no longer survive.


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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)