Ancestry UK

Spennell's House, Kidderminster, Worcestershire

In May 1946, Barnardo's opened a home in an old house known as Spennell's (or Spennells) on Comberton Road, Lower Comberton, near Kidderminster. Originally used just for boys aged from 5 to 14, it later became a mixed home for children of all ages.

The location of the home is shown on the 1954 map below.

Spennells site, Kidderminster, c.1954.

In the 1960s, the home moved to new buildings in the grounds of the old house.

Spennell's House closed in 1982. The buildings no longer survive and a residential road, Cardinal Drive, now covers the site.


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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)