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Brent House Salvation Army maternity home

Picture source: Courtesy of The Salvation Army International Heritage Centre

Brent House Salvation Army maternity home

Building  From 1889  To 1926

Categories: Social Welfare

The Hackney Society says: 'Brent House, at 27-9 Devonshire Road (now Brenthouse Road) … was the Salvation Army’s first receiving home in Hackney. It opened in 1889 and was described as "a home for hitherto well-conducted young women who have been led astray, and are about to become mothers." The first girl to be admitted was 14-year-old Mary Ann Elliott, “made pregnant by her brother”.' More information at Lost Hospitals of London, which says “Brent House closed in 1926, when services transferred to Hope Lodge in Upper Clapton.”

2018: Major Kevin Pooley offered us this photo of the building. It comes from ‘Our London Rescue Homes’, The Deliverer, 1897, Vol. VIII, No. 11, p. 367.  Thanks Kevin.

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