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St Hilda's Receiving Nursery, Beckenham

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St Hilda's Receiving Nursery, Beckenham

Beckenham, Kent

(1939 - 1940)

The building had previously housed St Hilda's Home and the residents had been evacuated to Worthing in 1939/1940.

St Hilda's was the Society's first War Emergency Home and was established with the help of Mr Vaughan (later awarded an OBE for his role), and Mrs Rupert Scott. Children would be temporarily received here, then 'cleansed and watched for infection'. This early initiative in the Second World War marked the beginning of the Society's establishment of War Nurseries.

The building reopened as St Hilda's Nursery in 1946.

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