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Hambro House Home, Putney Heath

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Hambro House Home, Putney Heath

Putney Heath, Roehampton, London

(1919 - 1975)

In 1919 Hambro Orphanage was transferred to the Society. The Home accommodated 27 girls aged 5-12 and by 1920 the Home had come to be known as Hambro Home for Girls.

In October 1924 a new wing at the Home was opened by the Mayoress of Wandsworth and dedicated by the Revd H Elkerton, Vicar of Roehampton.

A wireless [radio] was given to the Home as a gift in 1927. In the same year a very successful Pound Day was also held where 800 lb of food and £20 was raised for the Home.

In 1930 memorial tablets were unveiled at the Home in memory of Miss Cokayne and Mrs Dulton, both of whom had been members of the Local Committee and benefactors of the Home for some years.

At the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 the residents were evacuated and the building reopened in 1946 as a mixed home for boys and girls.

In 1964 The Beatles visited Hambro House and helped the children paint Easter Eggs for their annual display.

The Home closed in 1975.

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