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St Michael's House Home, Hoar Cross

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St Michael's House Home, Hoar Cross

Hoar Cross, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire

(1950 - c1983)

St Michael's was originally a Church Home for Boys endowed by Mrs Meynell-Ingram. It came under the Society's management in 1950. St Michael's residents were initially from Leven and Melville Home, St Leonards.

The Home was reached along '...a large leafy lane' and sat within a 'large cobbled courtyard' and was said to have been the Manor house of the Meynell family.

The Society's magazine Our Waifs and Strays reported in 1963 that the children of St Michael's had found a 'friend and useful ally' in the form of their resident ghost, said to be the spirit of Emily Meynell who died in 1904.

In 1967 over 50 people worked to embroider a tablecloth for which they paid between 3d and two shillings. The event raised over £12 for the Home. St Michael's continued to raise considerable amounts of money through their fundraising events, and in 1978 a barbecue with stalls and side shows raised nearly £1,000 for the Home.

The Home is thought to have closed around 1983.

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