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Report - St Gerards, Birmingham, Jan 2013

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by H1971, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. H1971

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    Well the last on our list, time and daylight was against us so we got done as much as we could. Visited with Magpie423, Leeds Explorer and Mr Distopia. Thanks guys for a fantastic day..............Here's to many more :)
    History :-The history of Father Hudson's Homes is in reality the life story of Fr. Hudson himself, but it began at Coleshill in 1884, when the
    authorities gather together a number of boys from various poor law schools in Birmingham and vicinity and placed them in a large house bought for the purpose, overlooking the River Cole.
    This house, known to many generations as St. Paul's Home for Boys, was at first only large enough to accommodate 30 boys. By repairing and converting existing buildings it was found possible to accommodate 68 boys, and further extensions were added until a fine up-to-date home and school were in being, capable of holding 180 boys. Such was the position when the late Fr. Hudson, a young and newly ordained priest, was sent to Coleshill for temporary duty in December, 1898. He came temporarily but stayed for 35 years.
    His first impression was that only those boys who were known to be in want of care and shelter by the public authorities were being cared for, and that there must be hundreds of children desolate and destitute unknown to anyone.
    These must be found and rescued. With this in view an advisory committee was formed with its representatives from all the Midland counties, whose duty it was to bring to the notice of Fr. Hudson any child who was homeless or in want.
    He appealed to the charity of friends and others for funds for a new home, and in 1905 a magnificent new Home for Boys, to be known as St. Edward's, opened its doors.
    Its doors have ever since remained open to admit any boy who is destitute or homeless. Immediately there was an influx of children from the mean and squalid slums of Birmingham and the large Midland towns, children who had never known what food and shelter really means, children in rags and half naked, weak, diseased and starving.
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