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The site and buildings of a
Children's Home, early 20th century

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The site

The council-run Myton Hamlet Children's Home in Warwick was purpose-built and was officially opened in 1938 - my year of arrival - by the then Duke of Kent.

The Home was set well back from the road, and there was a big lawn at the front.

There was also a big yard at the back and an assembly hall.

The gardens and a lot of the grounds were 'out of bounds' partly because of a big stagnant pond there, but there was a field for playing cricket or netball, although our chores left hardly any time to use it.

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The buildings

The houses were arranged in a horseshoe shape.

There was a large house for the Master and Matron and their family: This was designated as number 1.

Then there were three blocks of semi-detached houses for the children, numbered 2 to 7: Nos 2 and 3 were for girls; Nos 4 and 5 were for boys; No 6 was for boys and No 7 was for girls.

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The rooms

Upstairs, each house had two dormitories sleeping six, with iron bedsteads. There was also a bedroom for the housemother who had her own bathroom and toilet, which was not to be used by us children. There was also a sickroom and a store-room where the clothing was kept.

If you can add anything to this page, I would be pleased to hear from you.

Pat Cryer

Downstairs were a kitchen, a dining-room, a bathroom for the children, a 'playroom'-cum-sitting-room, and a boot-room, where coats, shoes and wellingtons were kept. There were two adjoining toilets.

Extracted from the memoirs of Brenda May Wilson (1927-2003), courtesy of her son, Kevin Flynn

Based on childhood recollections of Myton Hamlet Children's Home, Warwick, 1938-1941, probably similar to other children's homes in early to mid 20th century Britain

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