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Mead Lodge and Rosemead, Reigate, Surrey

In 1942, Barnardo's opened its Mead Lodge hostel at 115 Bell Street, Reigate. By 1944, the hostel had relocated to a property called Rosemead on Reigate Road, Reigate. The home housed girls who were above school age and were beginning employment which, at that date, still included domestic service. August 1960 saw the arrival of a party of boys from Gordon Williams House at the Boys' Garden City. The home now became mixed, taking boys and girls aged from 4 to 15 years.

Rosemead closed in August 1974. The property has now been converted to residential use.


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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)