Ancestry UK

West Norwood Home for Girls, West Norwood, London

The West Norwood Home for Girls was opened by the Waifs and Strays Society in 1910 at 2 Thurlow Park Road, West Norwood. It was intended as a temporary home for the children and staff of the Kensington Training School which had just closed.

At Kensington, the girls — aged from 10 to 16 years — had been receiving training in housework and laundry work as a preparation for domestic service. In their temporary abode at West Norwood, many of the older girls looked for employment in the area. The rest were soon dispersed to other branches and the West Norwood home was closed in 1911.


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