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Kenward, Yalding, Kent

in May 1943, a Barnardo's home for girls was opened in a large house called Kenward, situated on Kenward Road to the north of Yalding. In August of the following year, the girls and staff were relocated to the new Balcary home at Hawick in Roxburghshire where they stayed for the rest of the war. In 1947, after a brief period back at Yalding, now a mixed establishment, some Kenward residents moved to new premises at Heathfield House, Maidstone.

The location of the home is shown on the 1961 map below.

Kenward site, Yalding, c.1961.

Kenward continued in operation until around 1969 after which its name was taken on by the Heathfield House home.

The property is now occupied by the Kenward Trust, a charity providing services for the rehabilitation and care of those with drug and alcohol problems.


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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)