Wednesday, 26 August 2015

What about the girls?

Last week we looked at the different types of boys that were admitted to the Strangeway Homes at the turn of the century. This week we turn to the set of homes at Cheetham Hill to give a breakdown of the type of girls that found their way into the charity’s care.


Elder girls in the laundry at Rosen Hallas

Monday, 17 August 2015

Who can be admitted?

The Annual Report of 1909 gave a breakdown of the type of boys admitted to the Strangeways Homes at that time. 

 Boys at the Refuge were admitted for all kinds of reasons 

Friday, 7 August 2015

The mysterious disappearance of Tom

On the 9th October 1896 a policeman turned up to the Children’s Shelter on Chatham Street bringing with him a 15 year old boy. After many months tramping around the country Tom had found himself in Manchester, destitute and alone. Originally from Liverpool, the family had moved to Dartford where Tom’s father drove an omnibus. A ‘very wild character and of loose habits’ Tom was abandoned when his father fell heavily into debt and ran off. 

 Tom's Application Form