Orphan’s Homes, George Street, 1904
It is fairly unusual, throughout the Victorian era however, to find many children admitted to the charity under the age of 5. Whether this was a deliberate policy of the charity or whether most parents were reluctant to admit a child so young is unknown, but there was a noticeable absence of toddlers at the Manchester homes, unless they were brought in as part of a family unit.
Therefore the entry for a seventeenth month old in 1883 to the orphan homes is fairly unusual. This is especially the case, as the child was admitted alone. Edward was recorded as being a year and 5 months when he came to live at one of the orphan homes on George Street on 23rd November 1883. A few months later on the 27 February 1884, he was baptised at a Wesleyan Chapel by the charity.
|Edward with other young children|
His admission entry has no named father and a mother known a ‘Yorkshire Liz’. His father was reputed to be a ‘Barnsley man of fair position’. He was admitted to the charity after the death of his mother and was living in Acton Street at a so called ‘bad house’. After 14 years with the charity Edward left to take up a position with Kendal Milne and Company in October 1897.