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Morley Manor, near Derby, Derbyshire

The Morley Manor Barnardo's Home, was opened in September 1958 in a large tudor-style house on Main Road to the north of Morley in Derbyshire. The home initially catered for young children and infants. It was divided into three family units of up to six children aged from around two to seven. The baby nursery cared for up to ten babies from 10 days old until they were moved into the family units. Each family unit had a qualified family mother, nursery nurse, plus a first- or second-year student.

The home became a day-care unit in around 1968, then from 1971 was a mixed home for older children, specialising in those with physical and learning disabilities. Following the closure of Barnardo's other Derbyshire home at Holbrook in 1977, its children were transferred to Morley Manor which continued as a residential home for children with learning disabilities.

Morley Manor is a listed building, now in private hands.


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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)