Ancestry UK

Nazareth House, Lancaster, Lancashire

The Nazareth House on Ashton Road, Lancaster, was opened in 1902. It provided accommodation for orphan and destitute children and for the elderly poor. The children taken in were primarily girls although a few young boys were also accommodated.

Nazareth House, Lancaster, date unknown. © Peter Higginbotham

Nazareth House, Lancaster, date unknown. © Peter Higginbotham

Nazareth House, Lancaster, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

Nazareth House 'Babies', Lancaster, c.1913. © Peter Higginbotham

A tragedy occurred in June, 1921, when 28-year-old Mary Alice Eaves, a long-standing inmate of the home died from serious burns after her clothing caught light in the kitchen.

The provision for children is believed to have ended in the 1960s but the establishment continues to provide residential care for the elderly.


Note: many repositories impose a closure period of up to 100 years for records identifying individuals. Before travelling a long distance, always check that the records you want to consult will be available.

  • Sisters of Nazareth Archive, Sisters of Nazareth Archive, Nazareth House, 169-175 Hammersmith Road, London W6 8DB. The archivist is Christine Hughes. The archive contains material from the very beginnings of the order in the 1850s up until the present day. The archive is not open to the public and does not have facilities for personal searchers, although exceptions can be made for Sisters and for academic researchers. Enquiries are welcomed by post only for privacy and confidentiality reasons and replies are by also letter. There is no fee for dealing with enquiries, although donations to the Sisters are appreciated.