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The Towers / Elizabeth Bishop House, Bristol, Gloucestershire

A Barnardo's Home for young children known as The Towers was opened in 1948 on Hazelwood Road, Stoke Bishop, near Bristol. In June 1954, the home was renamed Elizabeth Bishop House.

The location of the home is shown on the 1952 map below.

The Towers / Elizabeth Bishop House site, Bristol, c.1952.

It continued in operation until August 1970 when the children were transferred the Myton Gables home at Warwick. The Stoke Bishop building no longer survives.


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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)