Photos of Hanwell School for Orphans and Destitute Children.

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Wednesday 1 June 2005 10.02pm
I have been tracing my family tree and have discovered that my grandmother's father was in an orphanage as a child. He attended Hanwell School for Orphans and Destitute Children.

I do not know if it is true, but it is said that my great grandfather was at this ophanage/ school at the same time as Charlie Chaplin.

If anyone has any information on the subject, particularly any photos or links to photos, I would be very appreciative.

Emma.
Thursday 2 June 2005 6.24am
Charlie Chaplin was working in 1901 when he was twelve as a performer/music hall artist according to the 1901 census I think. so it would be prior to that Emma, if that helps at all?

what was his name and approximate age..I'm in work at the minute , dead bored........I could perhaps scout around if you wish?



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Thursday 2 June 2005 12.48pm
Most biographies of Chaplain mention that he and his brothers spent eighteen months or so at Hanwell from 1894, being separated from their mother after only a few weeks at Lambeth Workhouse.

Link to site with modern photo
http://www.hanwellcommunitycentre.com/

There are a number of 1930s pictures of the building from the former London County Council available on the European Visual Archive site run by London Metropolitan Archives:

http://192.87.107.12/eva/uk/search.asp

NB search for Hanwell Residential School rather than just Hanwell or you will also get pictures of the Hanwell Asylum.



Thursday 2 June 2005 2.17pm
Rabbie,
Is the workhouse his mother was in the one on Renfrew Road in SE11. Saved from demolition about 10 years ago? Is it still a community care centre of some sort?

Sarah
Thursday 2 June 2005 3.07pm
A quick Google on Chaplin and "Lambeth Workhouse" brings up pages from a fascinating site on workouses:

Workhouse Memories - Charlie Chaplin (including more pictues of Hanwell)
http://users.ox.ac.uk/~peter/workhouse/memories/Chaplin/Chaplin.shtml

Lambeth Workhouse and Poor Law Parish (with old and new pictures of Renfrew Road)
http://users.ox.ac.uk/~peter/workhouse/Lambeth/Lambeth.shtml
Thursday 2 June 2005 5.55pm
The modern pictures show the Kennington buildings in a pretty sorry state.

I met someone who had been involved in saving the buildings from demolition and some story about the gates, or gateposts, then disappearing. I remember from when I lived round the corner that you could buy plants grown by the people undertakng community training in the old workhouse, but it seemed less accessible than the very organised Roots and Shoots. I also heard that Mother Theresa tried, about ten years ago before she died, to buy one of the buildings along Renferew Road as a hostel to be run by her nuns, but failed -perhaps at planning stage. There was also a lovely looking but run down building in the same road which was some form of Buddhist cafe.

Add in the lovely Community Care Home garden around the corner, which Rabbie has already raved about, and it is an interesting piece of 'almost SE1'. A hop, skip and jump from the Elephant.
Friday 3 June 2005 11.07am
Rabbie, what wonderful links.....thank you...:-)
Friday 3 June 2005 12.28pm
The Sarah Wrote:
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> There was
> also a lovely looking but run down building in the
> same road which was some form of Buddhist cafe.

The Old Courthouse

It has now been lovingly refurbished (with the help of a Heritage Lottery Funf grant) as part of the Jamyang Buddhist Centre - people stay in the former cells for 18 B&B!

http://www.jamyang.co.uk/

Unfortunately it seems that the fab vegetarian Courtyard Cafe is currently closed.


Friday 3 June 2005 12.49pm
I understand that the same people are now have the contract to run the cafe at the Museum of Garden History, next to Lambeth Palace.

There seem to be two schools of thought on the food. If veggie stuff is your thing it sounds as if the food is pretty good and worth seeking out. I prefer strong coffee and chocolate cake, so prefer the cafe on Lambeth Pier, which has a fantastic view of Parliament.
Sunday 4 September 2005 9.56am
The Sarah Wrote:
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> I understand that the same people are now have the
> contract to run the cafe at the Museum of Garden
> History, next to Lambeth Palace.
>
> There seem to be two schools of thought on the
> food. If veggie stuff is your thing it sounds as
> if the food is pretty good and worth seeking out.
> I prefer strong coffee and chocolate cake, so
> prefer the cafe on Lambeth Pier, which has a
> fantastic view of Parliament.

Philip Costin who runs the Cafe at the Museum - see http://www.museumgardenhistory.org - also does pretty damn good cake, and coffee, as well as tea, cold drinks ..... and the vegetarian menu. Enjoy these in the relative oasis of the Museum's garden out back .

Currently there's an excellent jazz concert series running.
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