St Christopher’s Railway Home, Derby

St Christopher’s Railway Home, Derby

The needleblog has been made aware of allegations of abuse at this home.

This orphanage was set up in 1875 for the children of railway workers who had died during the course of their duties. This very narrow condition of entry was relaxed over the years to include children whose parents had died of national causes and then, in 1927, children whose mothers were incapacitated were permitted.
The orphanage which could house up to 300 children, was renamed the St Christopher’s Railway Home in 1948. Numbers at the orphange fell after the Second World War and so the large old building weas demolished and replaced by two smaller houses in 1977. By 1982, only one of these houses was needed and, in 1993, the homes was closed.
The Railway Orphanage in Derby served the north of the country, there was another Railway Orphanage in Woking which served the south of the country.
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One response to “St Christopher’s Railway Home, Derby

  1. Eddy

    I was there in 1965/66 at St Christopher’s
    Whilst my father was recovering from a terrible railway accident in Lock Lomand Scotland with two sisters
    I only have fond memories & today I’m a singer songwriter & I wanted some images of the Orphanag as I’m writing the music & lyrics to a song called
    Take Me Back To Derby.
    Describe’s my childhood at St Christopher’s as best as I can remember.

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