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Iona and Staffa Homes, Hollybush Hill, Snaresbrook, London

In 1945, Barnardo's opened homes in two adjacent properties at 50-51 Hollybush Hill, Snaresbrook, London E11.

The larger building, already known as Staffa House, became the Staffa home for boys. From 1957 until its closure in 1964, it was used a home for girls with emotional difficulties.

The smaller house, to the rear of Staffa, was known as Iona and was used as a boys' hostel until 1957.


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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)