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Penraevon Home For Boys, Boston Spa

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Penraevon Home For Boys, Boston Spa

Boston Spa, West Riding, Yorkshire

(1903 - 1919)

Penraevon Home opened on 1 April 1903, after being moved from its previous location at Appleton Roebuck, near York. This home had met its capacity of eight children, and Penraevon offered room for seven more. The villagers of Appleton were sad to see the children leave, and the schoolmaster expressed his sorrow at losing 'such punctual and regular pupils'. Much regret was also felt at the loss of the matron, Miss Arthure, who moved with the boys to Boston Spa.

The boys seem to have settled quickly into their new community. Local people in the Tadcaster area became involved in fund-raising, and donated generously to the Home. At the 1903 Pound Day, Penraevon Home received large amounts of groceries and money, and even acquired a hand-made patchwork quilt. One of the most charitable donors was a former resident of the Home, who was now married and working in the local area.

The Home was closed in 1919 after coming to the end of its lease. Throughout its life, the affairs of the Home had been organised by Miss Betnell, who worked as Honorary Secretary and Treasurer.

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