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

Thornham Memorial Home For Boys, Gislingham

No image of this Home exists in the Children's Society Archive. If you have an image of this home please let us know at hlr@childsoc.org.uk.

Thornham Memorial Home For Boys, Gislingham

Gislingham, Eye, Suffolk

(1891 - 1900)

We know very little about this Home as it is infrequently mentioned in the Society's records. We believe that the Home was a gift from Lord Henniker, who until 1893 was the Lord-in-Waiting to Queen Victoria. He offered a small house for the Society to turn into a home. Thornham Memorial Home was a small cottage home that housed between six and nine boys who were aged 6-12. Their only Honorary Secretary was the Revd AH Bellman.

The Home received many gifts. These ranged from staples, that were always needed, like potatoes and clothing, to things like pictures and scrap-books that the children would have enjoyed playing with. Lady Henniker, who always gave generously to this Home, became the New Local Secretary for Thornham in 1890.

The Home closed in 1900, although it is unknown why.

The Children's Society UNESCO logo Big
           Lottery Fund logo Wellcome Trust