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.


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