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Farley Croft, Westerham, Kent

The Farley Croft (or Farleycroft) Barnardo's Home was opened in June 1947 at Westerham, Kent, and accommodated children up to the age of five.

The location of the home is shown on the 1963 map below.

Farley Croft site, Westerham, c.1963.

The home closed in 1957. The property no longer exists but is commemorated in the name of the residential road which now covers the site.


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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)