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St Barnabas' Home For Girls, New Brighton

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St Barnabas' Home For Girls, New Brighton

Montpellier Crescent, Albion Street, New Brighton, Cheshire

(1898 - 1939)

St Barnabas' Home for Girls was presented to the Society in March 1898, by Miss Whitshaw and Miss Lambert. The building had been recently decorated, and was well-equipped with all the modern conveniences of the time. The children from the small home in Stockport that was closed because of a lack of funds were transferred to St Barnabas' later in the year.

The Revd C Hylton Stewart, Vicar of New Brighton and chairman of the Home's Committee, formally opened the Home on 8 November 1898. The ceremony was attended by the Lady Superintendent, Miss Evans, the Honorary Secretary, Miss Helen Marshall, and the Matron, Miss Humble.

Each morning the 30 girls (aged 6-12) marched from Montpellier Crescent, down Albion Street and headed for the local school. Their school teachers frequently praised the girls on how clean, neat, tidy and well behaved they were.

After building alterations in 1931 St Barnabas' was thought to be the most up-to-date home in the Northern Province. The girls of St Barnabas' were evacuated to Tarporley in 1939, causing the Home to close. They later moved to Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

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