Ancestry UK

Children's Free Lodging House, Dock Street, Whitechapel, London

In 1888, Barnardo's opened a children's free lodging house at 12 Dock Street, Whitechapel. According to one 1895 directory, it was then only used for girls.

The home appears to have closed in the early 1900s, with its operation transferred to the nearby Commercial Street home.

In recent times, the premises have been occupied by an estate agent's offices.


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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)