FARNINGHAM OLD BOYS ASSOCIATION

1864 ~ 1961

It's our 60th anniversary of the closure of Farningham Homes for Boys

 

WELCOME

 

From when it was established in 1864, until it closed its doors in 1961, the Farningham Home for Boys had one aim - to provide a refuge for boys who were prevented by bereavement or other hardships from leading a normal family life.

 

Photo of of patron to Farningham home for boys His Majesty King George V Photo of patron to Farningham home for boys Her Majesty Queen Mary Photo of patron to Farningham home for boys Field Marshal Montgomery

PATRON:

H.M. KING GEORGE V

PATRON:

H.M. QUEEN MARY

PRESIDENT:

FIELD MARSHAL MONTGOMERY

HOME FOR LITTLE BOYS

 

Originally named ‘Home for Little Boys’ and situated in a disused parish poor house in the suburban village of Tottenham, north of London, the founders and benefactors were Mr W.H. Williams, Mr Robert Culling Hanbury (MP for Middlesex) and Mr A.D. Charles. In later years, Her Majesty the Queen became Patron, whilst Field-Marshall the Viscount Montgomery of Alamein became the home’s President.

 

But back to those early years. Overcrowding soon became a problem in Tottenham, so a site was acquired in rural Kent and the new, larger, home was built and renamed after a local village - Farningham. As the home expanded over time, it took in boys of all ages and from all backgrounds, creating craft houses to give them the opportunity to take up an apprenticeship in one of the six trades – and ultimately send them out into the world equipped for life.

Group photo of one of the boys resident at the Farningham home An ariel photo of Farningham home for boys Field Marshall Montgomery talking to some of the boys at the Farningham home

There were up to 200 boys housed at any one time, from infants to teenagers. The home was to flourish for many years until economic reasons, and a change in attitudes nationally regarding child welfare, forced its closure 1961.

 

The site is now occupied by the Southdowns Retirement Village, and some of the  original buildings still exist today. A more complete history of the homes can be viewed in the chapel at Southdowns on Old Boys Day, or by appointment with the management.

THE FARNINGHAM HOME FOR BOYS ASSOCIATION 1864 - 1961

Group photo of Field Marshal Montgomery with residents of farningham Home for boys
Photo of of patron to Farningham home for boys His Majesty King George V Photo of patron to Farningham home for boys Her Majesty Queen Mary Photo of patron to Farningham home for boys Field Marshal Montgomery
Group photo of one of the boys resident at the Farningham home An ariel photo of Farningham home for boys Field Marshall Montgomery talking to some of the boys at the Farningham home
Group photo of Field Marshal Montgomery with residents of farningham Home for boys
Photo of of patron to Farningham home for boys His Majesty King George V Photo of patron to Farningham home for boys Her Majesty Queen Mary Photo of patron to Farningham home for boys Field Marshal Montgomery
Group photo of one of the boys resident at the Farningham home An ariel photo of Farningham home for boys Field Marshall Montgomery talking to some of the boys at the Farningham home
Group photo of Field Marshal Montgomery with residents of farningham Home for boys
Photo of of patron to Farningham home for boys His Majesty King George V Photo of patron to Farningham home for boys Field Marshal Montgomery Photo of patron to Farningham home for boys Her Majesty Queen Mary
Group photo of one of the boys resident at the Farningham home An ariel photo of Farningham home for boys Field Marshall Montgomery talking to some of the boys at the Farningham home
Group photo of Field Marshal Montgomery with residents of farningham Home for boys
Photo of of patron to Farningham home for boys His Majesty King George V Photo of patron to Farningham home for boys Her Majesty Queen Mary Photo of patron to Farningham home for boys Field Marshal Montgomery
An ariel photo of Farningham home for boys
Group photo of one of the boys resident at the Farningham home Field Marshall Montgomery talking to some of the boys at the Farningham home
Group photo of Field Marshal Montgomery with residents of farningham Home for boys
Photo of patron to Farningham home for boys Her Majesty Queen Mary
Photo of of patron to Farningham home for boys His Majesty King George V Photo of patron to Farningham home for boys Field Marshal Montgomery
An ariel photo of Farningham home for boys Group photo of one of the boys resident at the Farningham home Field Marshall Montgomery talking to some of the boys at the Farningham home
Group photo of Field Marshal Montgomery with residents of farningham Home for boys
Photo of patron to Farningham home for boys Her Majesty Queen Mary
Photo of of patron to Farningham home for boys His Majesty King George V Photo of patron to Farningham home for boys Field Marshal Montgomery
An ariel photo of Farningham home for boys Group photo of one of the boys resident at the Farningham home Field Marshall Montgomery talking to some of the boys at the Farningham home