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Wretham Hall, Thetford, Norfolk

In 1939, a Barnardo's wartime evacuation centre was opened at Wretham Hall near Thetford. Not long afterwards, however, the property was requisitioned by the Royal Air Force as an officers' mess for a nearby airfield at East Wretham. Barnardo's stopped using the Hall in October 1940 and the children were transferred to Wangford Hall in Suffolk.

Wretham Hall no longer exists.


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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)