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Case 8790

Case number: 8790
Application year: 1902




Year of birth: 1888
Home: St Saviour's Home For Girls, Shrewsbury


The application for A. to be placed in the care of the Waifs and Strays' Society was made by a Norwich Refuge for distressed women. A. had been sent to them by the Ladies Association of Lowestoft as they wished to rescue her from the immoral life she had been leading. A. had been "got hold of by a bad man" and her parents could not keep her at home. Even when locked up she managed to get out of a window. She was physically very small for her age and felt to be child like in many respects. This was the main reason it was felt that it was not a good idea for her to remain with older girls in the Refuge. There was some confusion about A's age. She was reported to be 12 when she entered the Refuge in December 1901 but her mother later wrote that she was to be 14 in August 1902. A. was admitted to the Shrewsbury Home on the 8 March 1902. Several items of correspondence on the file concern maintenance payments and copies of letters from her parents are enclosed. On the 19 August 1904 A. was placed in service in Whitchurch, Shropshire.

Keywords: Behaviour; Maintenance

Items: 1. Application to Waifs and Strays' Society 28 February 1902
2. Letter from Sister Laura of the Norwich Refuge Feb/Mar 1902
3. Note from A's parents guaranteeing payment of 2 shillings a week towards her support 17 March 1902
4. Copy letter from Revd E. Rudolf requesting that the parents contribute more than 2 shillings a week 18 March 1902
5. Letter from A's parents nd
6. Letter from A's parents nd
7. Letter from A's parents nd
8. Postcard from A's mother giving the girl's age nd
9. Letter from Sister Laura 7 April 1902
10. Letter from Sister Frances with additional note from the Shrewsbury Home 18 February 1904
11. Notice of discharge 19 August 1904

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