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Northampton Girls' Home, Northampton, Northamptonshire

A Barnardo's home for girls known as Castillian House was opened in 1902 at 2 Castilian Street, Northampton. It housed up to 10 girls aged from 7 to 13.

2 Castillian Street, Northampton, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

By 1912, the home had moved to new premises at 1 Albion Place, Northampton, where up to 33 girls could now be accommodated. The building was demolished in the 1930s to make way for a bus station.

In around 1932, the home relocated to a more suburban location in a property known as Dallington Lodge at 13 The Avenue, Dallington. The house had previously been the residence of Sir James Henry Clifden Crockett, head of the local the boot manufacturing firm of Crockett and Jones. Dallington Lodge was a mixed home, housing 28 boys and girls up to the age of 15.

Dallington Lodge, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

Dallington Lodge, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

Dallington Lodge was closed at the end of 1970 and the property was then acquired by Northampton's social services department. The site was later taken over for business use by Sharpmark Labelling Systems.


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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)