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The Village Home Barkingside
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How the Village developed over the years

Below are the recorded dates the cottages and buildings were completed. If you have any photos of the cottages or other buildings please send them in so they can build a full picture of our old home at Barkingside.

Click here to view a did you know, some dates are duplicated

1873 17th June Thomas Barnardo is presented with Mossford Lodge in Barkingside as a wedding present from John Sands. The property comes with a 15 year lease.

Thomas has a dream that the Girls' Village Homes is created on the land next to Mossford Lodge. His plan is to enable girls to be brought up in homes in clean, country air and avoid the large institutional workhouses, He wants to attempt to substitute the natural Condition of a cottage home'.
1874 Oct Mossford Lodge is officially opened, it has places for six girls. It quickly grows to sixty and becomes a problem for Thomas Barnardo. Mossford closes.

9th June Foundation stone laid for Myrtle cottage by the Rt Hon Earl of Aberdeen the cottage named in memory of Mr. and Mrs Zaneous Dawson's daughter re trip to Oxford. Also stone's laid for 13 cottages and they start to build after this date.

1876 9th July The cottages Myrtle - Woodbine - Clapham - Honeysuckle - Jessamine - Cambridge - Lily - Hawthorn (later renamed Honeythorne) - Daisy
Billiter - Rose - Bluebell - Primrose and Forget-me-not are officially opened by
Lord Cairns who arrived in the nick of time to officially open
The Girls Village Home at 3:30pm. Each cottage cost in the region
of £500 to build and will house 12 to 20 girls.

19th July Governor's House - Laundry completed and opened.


10th July The cottages Craven - Salem - Trefoil - Heartsease - Wild Thyme are officially opened by Her Grace Sydney, Dowager. Duchess of Manchester.
Violet (later renamed Wild Violet) - Bath - Halifax - Armitie
Babies - Hahnemann -  cottages officially opened by The Countess Cairns
1879 18th June The cottages  Hyacinth - Eton - Beehive are officially opened by HRH. Princess Mary Adelaide, Duchess of Teck.

Epidemic of Scarlet fever, no death are recorded


May - Clarellan - Heather cottages completed.
1887 6th August Burwell Park - Curling - Mickleham - Sweetbriar - Pink Clover - Ivy - Oxford - St. Helena - Syndal - Pussy - Joicey - Clement - Mayflower - Cyril - Sir James Tyler - Ilex - Hope - Peace cottages completed and opened.
Cairns House built in memory of Dr. Barnardo's first President Earl of Cairns.
1894 April Dedication service held in the Multi - denominational  Children's Church
1896 September Mossford Junior and infants Schools opens its doors.
1897 7th July Mossford Junior and infants Schools officially opened on Founders day
1901 Embroidery School for girls with physical and learning difficulties completed.
1903 11th July Dr. Truell cottage was opened by the Duchess of Somerset
Faith Cottage was opened by Georgiana, Countess of Seafield.
Ethel Bolton Cottage  was opened by Lady Hope.
Jessamine and Mignonette Cottage opened by Mrs Ingleby.
John Sands opened by Sir Robert Anderson.
Queen Victoria House a Quarantine house for girls and young children (Archibald Morton Wing, Wilson Wing, Babie's Wing
1904 16th July Edmond Hanny, Watts Sanatorium, Francis Reckitt - Sir George Williams - Crosswell - John Howard Anagas - Marian - Henry Mountain 1903 - Gustasp and Cannizaro Cottages opened by HRH Princess Henry of Battenberg.
1905 15th July Joy - In Memoriam Benjamin Hood - Larchfield M'Culloch cottages opened. along with Edmund Hannay Watts Sanatorium

Dr. Thomas Barnardo laid the foundation stone for The Young Helpers League.

Dressmaking School - Cookery School opened.

The Village now covers 60 acres with 64 cottages. 1,300 girls live there aged from two to 1 6 years.

1906 30th June Young Helpers' League and James Holmes Lucking cottage were officially opened by Lady Brasscy.
1908 George Brampton RA sculptor (who created the Peter Pan statue in Kensington gardens) unveils his 20 - foot memorial to Thomas Barnardo.
1911 6th March Australasian Hospital opened The Hospital had been paid for by donation of the people of Australia. A Barnardo old boy The Hon John Page helps the fund start. click here to read
1928 Queen Victoria Home, The Village, Barkingside. changed its function and became a training home for overseas, for girls going to Australia and Canada.
1937  26th June H.R.H The Duchess of Gloucester visited The Village on Founders Day.

9th August The afternoon service from the Children's Church The Girls Village Home was broadcast.

1938 28thSeptember  1,500 girls and some boys evacuated from The Village Home during the Second World War, within three week they are all back.
1939 1st September 1,500 girls and some boys evacuated from The Village Home during the Second World War. The girls home would never be the same.
1945 The Girls Village Home re-opens as the The Village Home Barkingside.
1960 Plans are agreed to reduce the numbers of children living at The Village from 600 to 100 within five years.
1965 Southwood House, a forward thinking new project is opened. Its aim is to give new, unmarried mothers time to consider their options after the birth of their baby and decide whether or not they wanted to give their child up for adoption.

Mossford Lodge is vacated.

1967 The Village orchard is cleared and new headquarters are built there after 99 years at Stepney. New building officially opens in March 1969.
1969 Barnardo's sells 30 acres to Redbridge Borough Council. The local authority has plans to develop a civic centre on the site and demolishes one cottage. The remaining three cottages: Gustasp, Henry Mountain and Marian become local authority children's homes. The land is later sold again for a new supermarket. Tesco's stands on the site of the library and Henry Mountain Cottage.
1973 The new Scotch House opened
1975 New Mossford, a residential school for young people with disabilities is opened on a she near Mossford Lodge. It includes a medical centre swimming pool.
1979 Long term residential care at The Village ceases. From now onward children stay at The Village while prepared for long term fostering and adoption.
1982 The country's first residential pre fostering project opened in Cambridge cottage, helping children develop a life story'. Cottages around the green are now a conservation area.
1986 Barkingside closes as a home for children, but the work goes on.
1990 Scotch House a residential/retirement home for Old Boys and Girls and staff is closed. It was built on the site of the governor's home.
1991 The Village is officially closed after an internal Barnardo's report describes The Village as 'too isolated from the community and 'outdated' for the needs of modern child care.

All children moved to fostering, adoption or short term residential settings.

1995 The clock tower, Cairn House, a listed building, is restored by Derek Wills plus helpers and reopened by the Mayor of Redbridge and the then Barnardo's Chief Executive Roger Singleton.
1997 After Care department moves into new offices in Ivy and Oxford cottages overlooking the Village green.
2000 11 cottages sold on a long lease to Anchor Housing Association.
2007 1st April After Care and Family Connections merge into one single service, to be based in Barnardo’s After Care dept. The new service will continue the work of After Care and Family Connections, but now under one roof, working with people who either spent time in Barnardo’s Care as children (post care adults) or who were placed in adoptive homes through Barnardo’s (adopted adults). The new service is to be called Making Connections Records, Counselling and Support Service.

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