Brabazon Home of Comfort, Reigate, Surrey
The 'Brabazon Home of Comfort' was opened on July 4th, 1885, at Lesbourne Road, Reigate, Surrey. It was founded by Lady Brabazon (later Countess of Meath) to provide medical and convalescent care for members of the Girls' Friendly Society who were suffering from chronic or incurable disease and invalids who were not eligible for any hospital of the day other than a workhouse infirmary. The Home provided 18 beds for those aged from 14 to 35.
At around the time of the Second World War, the Home moved to new premises at Whitepost House, Whitepost Hill, Redhill Common. It is thought finally to have closed in the 1950s.
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- Records of the Girls' Friendly Society are deposited at The Women's Library, London School of Economics, 10 Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HD.
- Heath-Stubbs, Mary Frienship's Highway: Being the History of the Girls' Friendly Society 1875-1935 (1935, GFS)
- Higginbotham, Peter Children's Homes: A History of Institutional Care for Britain s Young (2017, Pen & Sword)
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