Ancestry UK

Meadows Memorial Home, Southborough, Kent

The Meadows Memorial Home (or School) for older boys with learning difficulties was opened by Barnardo's in 1939 on London Road, Southborough.

The location of the home is shown on the 1959 map below.

The Meadows site, Southborough, c.1959.

The site is still home to The Meadows, a Barnardo's residential special needs school. Modern buildings have now replaced the old home.


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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)