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Cripples and Poor Children's Home, Southend-on-Sea, Essex

The Cripples and Poor Children's Homes was established in the early 1900s by the Rev. Joseph Joshnson, a Methodist minister, and supported by the church's South East London Mission. The home was used to provide holiday and convalesecnt facilities for poor and physically disabled children from London slums. Johnson also superintended the institution. In 1914, the matron was Sister May Ralph.

The home occupied a house known as 'Hillsbro' whose address was originally 335 Leigh Road East, Westcliff-on-Sea, Southend. Following a renaming of the road and renumbering of properties in around 1920, its address became 601 London Road.

Cripples and Poor Children's Home, Southend-on-Sea, date unknown. © Peter Higginbotham

The property has now been converted to offices.


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