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Alexandra Home For Girls, Kilburn

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Alexandra Home For Girls, Kilburn

176 Alexandra Road, Kilburn, London

(1906 - 1908)

Alexandra Home became part of the Waifs and Strays' Society in 1906 after being transferred from the Orphanage of Mercy, Kilburn. It had been founded in 1884 by the Community of the Sisters of the Church. The rented building was at 176 Alexandra Road and was capable of housing 20 girls (aged 8-14).

Unfortunately we know very little about life in the Home as it remained open for just two years. The Society's magazine Our Waifs and Strays tells us that the Home hosted several bazaars to help raise funds. The magazine also mentions a Royal visit to Kilburn by the Duke of Argyll and Princess Louise on 11 December 1906. Along with many other local people, the girls of the Home gathered on the streets to catch a glimpse of their Royal guests.

The location of the Home was not ideal for a long-term residence. The building was too small to meet the demand for places, and the Society disagreed with the 'sooty little garden over-looking the railway'. Alexandra Home for Girls was moved in 1908 to more suitable premises in Loughton and became St Ethelburga's. The children now had a house with a good garden, and plenty of space to play.

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