Thursday, December 6, 2012

Hope House at Cheshunt - A home for rescued women

When Doreen's father was baptised in Cheshunt in 1915 the address given was Hope House and a boarding out certificate Doreen had obtained from Barnardo's refers to Charles Frederick Harris and his mother having been housed in a rescue home in Cheshunt. 

I was able to say that Hope House had been opened in 1914 (or shortly before) by the St Albans & Chelmsford Diocesan Union for Preventative, Rescue & Penitentiary Work. My full answer includes a modern picture, the location of the records of the St Albans Diocesan Board for Social Responsibility, and a copy of the very interesting boarding out certificate - showing what useful information such documents can provide.

Charles was brought up in Cheshunt and Doreen also provided this picture of the children in Class III of Dewhurst School in 1926. [So far no one has identified the earlier class photographs of boys from this school in about 1910.] 

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