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Dromore, Sidcup, Kent

The Dromore home for girls, at The Park, Sidcup, was opened by Barnardo's in August 1948. It particularly catered for girls with emotional problems. In around 1956, Dromore became a mixed home then in 1965 was turned into a mixed hostel for teenagers, again with a particular focus on those having emotional problems.

The home was closed in 1973 with the then residents being transferred to the Dromore home at Beckenham.

The Sidcup property no longer exists.


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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)