Morfa Home For Boys, Newquay, Cornwall
The Morfa Home For Boys (also referred to as the Truro Diocesan Home for Boys) was opened by the Waifs and Strays Society in 1909 at 22 Station (now Cliff) Road, Newquay. It replaced the Society's home a Helston which had become too small for its purpose.
The home greatly relied on the generosity of local people to help keep its running costs down. It held an annual 'Pound Day' when gifts of a pound in cash or a pound weight of goods were invited. The local barbers in Newquay took turns to visit the home and give all the boys a free haircut.
The boys attended a local school and were inspected each day before setting off.
As well as their formal education, the home also provided instruction in practical craft skills. All the boys' boots were repaired in-house.
Living just a few yards from the beach, the boys were able to enjoy plenty of time swimming in the sea.
The home was renamed St Michael's Home in around 1928. In 1930, owing to the expiry property's lease, the home moved to new premises at Falmouth.
The Newquay property still exists, now used as retail premises.
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- Index of the Society's first 30,000 children's case files ordered by surname.
- Index of the Society's first 30,000 children's case files ordered by date of birth.
- The Children's Society Records and Archive Centre is at Unit 25, Springfield House, 5 Tyssen Street, London E8 2LZ (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Files for children admitted to its homes after September 1926 were microfilmed in the 1980s and the originals destroyed. Some post-1926 files had already been damaged or destroyed during a flood. The Society's Post-Adoption and Care Service provides access to records, information, advice, birth record counselling, tracing and intermediary service for people who were in care or adopted through the Society.
- The Society has produced detailed catalogues of its records relating to disabled children, and of records relating to the Children's Union (a fundraising body mostly supported from the contributions of children).
- Bowder, Bill Children First: a photo-history of England's children in need (1980, Mowbray)
- Church of England Waifs and Strays' Society [Rudolfe, Edward de Montjoie] The First Forty Years: a chronicle of the Church of England Waifs and Strays' Society 1881-1920 (1922, Church of England Waifs and Strays' Society / S.P.C.K.)
- Higginbotham, Peter Children's Homes: A History of Institutional Care for Britain's Young (2017, Pen & Sword)
- Morris, Lester The Violets Are Mine: Tales of an Unwanted Orphan (2011, Xlibris Corporation) — memoir of a boy growing up in several of the Society's homes (Princes Risborough, Ashdon, Hunstanton, Leicester) in the 1940s and 50s.
- Rudolf, Mildred de Montjoie Everybody's Children: the story of the Church of England Children's Society 1921-1948 (1950, OUP)
- Stroud, John Thirteen Penny Stamps: the story of the Church of England Children's Society (Waifs and Strays) from 1881 to the 1970s (1971, Hodder and Stoughton)
- Hidden Lives Revealed — the story of the children who were in the care of The Children's Society in late Victorian and early 20th Century Britain.
- The Children's Society
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