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

West Norwood Home For Girls

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West Norwood Home For Girls

2 Thurlow Park Road, West Norwood, London

(1910 - 1911)

Following the closure of the Kensington Training School in 1910, all the girls and staff moved to the new West Norwood Home. This was intended as a short-term measure, whilst more permanent accommodation was found. Temporary homes were opened by the Society when other homes reached the end of their lease, or to provide short-term accommodation for children and staff from homes that were under renovation.

The girls (aged 10-16) had all received training in housework and laundry when they were at the Kensington Home. Many used their time at West Norwood to further their careers, by finding employment in domestic service. Other girls were re-located at various homes around the country, where they could continue their training. This process only took a few months, and the West Norwood Home closed in 1911.

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