Hidden Lives Revealed. A virtual archive - children in care 1881-1981 * Image of handwritten text

St Francis' Home, Clapham Park

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St Francis' Home, Clapham Park

Clapham Park, London

(1930 - 1950)

In July 1930 St Francis' Home was opened as a Receiving Home for children aged 3-7 years old. A marquee was set up in the garden for a dedication service led by the Lord Bishop of Kingston which was followed by hymns and prayers.

In c1937 St Francis' also came to be known as Blanche Wimbridge Home. When the Home was evacuated to Steyning, Sussex in 1939 it was also known as St Francis' Home.

In 1944 the residents moved again, this time to Fairlight Home, Rustington. After the Second World War residents were able to move back to St Francis' in Clapham Park but by 1950 the Home was closed.

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