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Lilleshall Hall, Newport, Shropshire

In June 1940, Lilleshall Hall was opened as a Barnardo's home for schoool-aged girls. The property, designed by Sir Geoffrey Wyatville, was built in 1830 for the Marquis of Stafford.

The home closed in 1947. It was acquired in 1951 by the Central Council of Physical Recreation to be the home of the National Recreation Centre. The site is now a national sports and conference centre.


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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)