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Margaret Caillard Memorial Home for Boys, Trowbridge

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Margaret Caillard Memorial Home for Boys, Trowbridge

Trowbridge, Wiltshire

(1934 - 1938)

Mr and Mrs Caillard established the Margaret Caillard Memorial Home at Wingfield House in 1934 as a vocational training centre for gardening and carpentry in memory of their daughter. When the large building, surrounded by 10 acres of land and several outbuildings, was opened it had seven boys aged 14. Later 40 boys were accommodated at the Home.

During the day, residents would attend practical classes given by Mr Smith, a certified City of Guilds Carpenter who had joined the Society in 1934. With the help of their teacher, residents at the Home were able to modify and improve the Home. The biggest structural change was made to the Home's reception room which was converted into a Chapel. Outside work was also taken on at the Home, which meant that the boys were able to contribute to the cost of running the Home. The majority of boys were able to secure a job after 18 months of training.

Mr Smith and his wife took over the running of the Home in 1936.

In 1937 supplies and materials became difficult to obtain due to preparations for the possibility of war in Europe. The Home was closed a year later and Mr and Mrs Smith were transferred to Talbot Boys Home, Bournemouth.

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