Chadwick Orphanage, reproduced with very kind permission from the collection of Robert Wade



Chadwick's Orphanage, Bolton 


James Barlow, the industrialist and philanthropist who funded the first National Children's Home in Edgworth, was also a trustee of Chadwick's Orphanage, also known as The Chadwick Orphanage.


The orphanage, in Haulgh, Bolton, was funded by Dr Samuel Chadwick, a local doctor, and opened in 1874. The doctor,

as a New Year's gift to the town in 1868, had given £17,000 specifically for building the orphanage.


A statue of Dr Chadwick still stands in Victoria Square, Bolton (pictured right).


The Orphanage continued to function until at least 1930. The building was demolished in 1963.




UPDATE We have received this message from Anthony: "According to the Ordnance Survey Map 25-inch Lancashire LXXXVII.14 revised 1937, published 1939 the building is still marked as an orphanage. This map can be seen on the National Library of Scotland website. I thought this might be helpful." We will see what else we can find out. Thanks Anthony!




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