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Hillingdon Heath Home For Girls

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Hillingdon Heath Home For Girls

Hillingdon Heath, nr. Uxbridge, Middlesex

(1886 - 1898)

Unfortunately this home is infrequently mentioned in our records, and it is only possible to sketch a brief history. We believe Hillingdon Heath Home was opened in 1886 at the same time as the nearby Goulds Green Home for Girls. Both were classified as 'cottage homes', which were small homes that usually provided accommodation for children under the age of eight years old.

Hillingdon Heath (renamed Hayes House in 1890) could accommodate up to 20 girls aged 2-8 by 1895. When the children were old enough they were either placed in foster homes in the local area, or sent to other Society homes to receive training in housework and laundry. Skills in these subjects would help the girls to find employment in later life.

The girls received a 'special treat' in September 1891 when the Home's Honorary Secretary, Mrs Fenton, held a garden party at her house. The event was attended by 118 people, making it very busy and very successful. Also present at the ceremony was the Society's founder, Edward Rudolph, who always endeavoured to visit as many homes as he possibly could.

Hillingdon Heath Home closed in 1898 and the children were rehoused in other Society Homes.

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