Ancestry UK

Poor Servants' of the Mother of God Orphanage for Girls, Roehampton, London

A girls' orphanage was established by the 1880s at St Mary's Convent, High Street, Roehampton, by the Poor Servants' of the Mother of God — a Roman Catholic order founded in 1874 by Frances Taylor.

The orphanage took Catholic girls, with no payment being required other than an admission fee to provide bedding. The girls were trained chiefly for work as laundry maids. At the age of 16, they were paid wages and provided their own clothes, and later on were placed out in service.


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