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St Cadoc's Home For Girls, Caerleon

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St Cadoc's Home For Girls, Caerleon

Norman Street, Caerleon, Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales

(1903 - 1984)

This home took several years to become fully established. It was opened on 14 September 1903 when Revd Bedwell came to dedicate the Home to its name-Saint. At this stage, permanent accommodation had not yet been found. The girls were housed in two converted railway cottages, whilst the money was raised to build a new house.

A three-day 'County Bazaar' was organised in 1906, which attracted people from all over the Llandaff Diocese (the area around Cardiff). More than £1,000 was collected, which is the equivalent of around £60,000 in today's money. The amazing success of this event allowed building work to start a few months later, and the new Home was ready by 1908. On 28 June a dedication ceremony was held in the grounds of the new building, and the girls all moved in shortly afterwards.

A notable individual in the early years of the Home was Lord Tredegar, who was a well-known character in the Diocese. He made regular financial contributions to St Cadoc's, and even donated the land on which they had built their new house. He was well known to the girls and they affectionately called him their 'Grand Old Uncle'.

There were 20 girls in the Home, who were all aged 6-14. They were looked after by the resident Matron. From 1913 this post was occupied by Miss Jones, who worked at St Cadoc's for many years. In 1938 a special event was organised to commemorate her long career. She received a cheque from the Home's committee, which was given as a token of their 'affection and esteem, and in appreciation and admiration of the wonderful work she had done'.

The Home continued its work for many years, finally closing in 1984.

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