Manchester and Salford Refuges Seaside Convalescent Home, Lytham, Lancashire
In June 1883, the Manchester and Salford Boys' and Girls' Refuges established a children's seaside convalescent home at 2-4 Warton Street, Lytham, Lancashire. The home, which had twenty beds, provided a short-term change of scene, with healthy air and food, for 'poor and delicate city children'.
Places at the home were always oversubscribed. As early as 1896, efforts were being made to find larger premises in the area. However, it was not until 1915 that the home relocated to Old Colwyn in North Wales.
The former Warton Street premises are now in private residential use.
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- Former residents of the Together Trust — formerly known as the Manchester and Salford Boys' and Girls' Refuges and Homes (1870-1959) then the Boys' and Girls' Welfare Society (1960-2005) — may access their records, as can relatives of deceased former residents. For details on how to do this, visit the charity's Access to Information web page.
- Higginbotham, Peter Children's Homes: A History of Institutional Care for Britain s Young (2017, Pen & Sword)
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