All the family are bringing my 80 year old father to London from Newcastle, as he wants to visit the area where he was brought up in an orphanage, before his days are up!! can anyone help me, he says the orphanage was in Union street, he mentions Blackfriars, Chalk house and also that he was often left at bedlam park. Not much to go on but i suppose it was over 60 years ago. Any info no matter how small would be greatly appreciated.
I can't find anything about an orphanage on Union Street, but could it have been what is now Jerwood Space ? It used to be Orange Street School. I can't find any suggestion that it was ever an orphanage though.
The union workhouse was on the site of what is now Southwark College in the Cut so the orphanage would have been nearby. London Metropolitan Archives would hold the records, if any. There is a really good site dedicated to workhouses and has lots of info on it - workhouse site
Cheers, Jan. I didn't know that.
They've been trying to organise a reunion for former residents of the Hollies, but I don't think in any of the postings they actually mentioned its location. Then again, if you were a resident,then you would know the location, so the esotericism is forgiveable. (Blimey! Come out with one there haeven't I?)
I've not heard of the Hollies Children's Home myself, but as it was on the Walworth website I put two and two together and assumed it was somewhere in South-London. (Not for the first time, I've come out with five!)
Sorry Johnnyd, if I sent you up a blind alley.
Lo and behold, someone has just mentioned that the Hollies is in Sidcup. I suppose Sidcup is still in Kent. So many places that were 'a day out in the country' when I was a kid are now classified as 'London.'