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St David's Nursery, Broadstairs

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St David's Nursery, Broadstairs

Broadstairs, Kent

(1946 - c1972)

St David's Nursery was established in 1946 as a Home for babies awaiting adoption. The former residents of St David's Home had been evacuated during the Second World War in 1940 and then dispersed to other Homes. The building dated from 1891, and had been adapted in 1915 for use as a children's home. A later extension gave the building an 'L' shaped plan


In 1948 the Home entered a local Baby Show and won five prizes, one of which was for 'Happiest baby'.

The building closed in 1953 and the residents moved to Florence Anderson House Home, Ramsgate.

The Home's kitchen garden was sold for residential development in 1967 and a document dated 1962-1968 notes the address as Stone Road, Broadstairs.

The 1971 inspection report for the Home notes that there were 23 children living there in four family groups: Dragons, Fireflies, Puffins and Babies. All the children were either one or two years old.

On 28 September 1971 the Executive Committee accepted the recommendation of the Special Working Party on Nurseries that the Home be closed. The residents left St David's on 7 July 1972 and the Matron and remaining staff left on 21 July 1972. The site was sold on 24 February 1976 with planning permission for residential development.

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