Ancestry UK

Southwood School / St Margaret's Probation Home, Sydenham, London

On January 11th, 1944, the Southwood Approved School for Senior Girls was certified for operation at 6 Sydenham Hill, Sydenham. The School, which was run by the Salvation Army, received girls aged between their 15th and 17th birthdays at their date of admission and provided them with domestic training.

On March 20th, 1950, the School's managers announced their intention to resign its Certificate of Approval.

The premises subsequently became St Margaret's Approved Probation Home and later a home for girls. From 1977 to 1982, it accommodated children from The Haven while its premises on Crystal Palace Park Road were being rebuilt.

The property is now in private residential use, renumbered as 12 Sydenham Hill.

Former Southwood School / St Margaret's Probation Home


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