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St John's Orphanage, St Leonards on Sea, Sussex

St John's Orphanage was established in 1872 'to receive orphan girls between the ages of 6 and 10 years, and to train them for domestic service.' The Orphanage occupied premises at 8 Maze Hill, St Leonards-on-Sea, where up to 20 girls could be accommodated.

Applicants for admission were required to have lost both parents and provide certificates of the parents' marriage and death, and of the child's baptism. A payment of £15 per annum was required. Inmates remained until the age of 15 years, when they were sent to service with an outfit provided.

The Orphanage is thought to have closed in the 1890s.


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