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The Lawns, Kempsey, Worcester, Worcestershire

Opened in 1940 on Worcester Road, Kempsey near Worcester, The Lawns was one of Barnardo's many wartime evacuation homes. The Lawns particularly catered for sets of children who were brothers and sisters.

The Lawns, Worcester, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

The home closed in 1946. The property was later used as a hotel but is now a nursing home.


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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)