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White Barn, Kelvedon, Essex

Barnardo's White Barn home on Coggeshall Road, Kelvedon, was opened as a mixed home in around 1953. White Barn was immediately adjacent to Barnardo's Farm Hill and it may at one time have been referred to as "Farm Hill East".

Farm Hill (left) and White Barn, Kelvedon, c.1907. © Peter Higginbotham

In 1971, White Barn took on a new role as a therapeutic community for boys aged from fifteen to nineteen, finally closing in December 1974.

The building is 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)