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Appleton Home For Boys, Bolton Percy

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Appleton Home For Boys, Bolton Percy

Bolton Percy, North Riding, Yorkshire

(1894 - 1903)

Appleton Home was established in 1894, as the only boys' home in the York Diocese. Under the supervision of the Matron, Miss Arthure, Appleton Home accommodated eight boys at first, and then 11 boys aged 5-10.

A visitor to the Home in 1897 published an account of his day in the Society's newsletter Our Waifs and Strays. Upon arrival he found the boys helping the matron with their Saturday cleaning, and preparing the midday meal. In the afternoon he met some of the children and they 'swelled with pride' as they showed him their possessions. The day was rounded off with a game of cricket, and the visitor found that 'although there may not be any embryonic Graces amongst them, it was very pleasant to see how heartily they enjoyed the national game.'

Appleton was only open for nine years before it moved to Boston Spa in 1903.

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