Nazareth House

In England, Wales and Scotland

 

 

The Sisters of Nazareth (also known as the Poor Sisters of Nazareth), was a Catholic order founded by Victoire Larmenier (later Mother St Basil) in 1851. By 1878, there were eight homes for homeless children and poor elderly people. Other Nazareth Houses followed.

 

The homes for children in this country have, as far as I know, closed but some are still in use as homes for elderly people, and area of work which the Sisters of Nazareth still focus on.

 

This page listes the former Nazareth House Orphanges and Children's Homes that I know about, there are others.

 

If you know of any other Nazareth Houses for children that I have missed, or you have information and memories (or corrections) about the ones listed, please let me know. Thank you.

 

NAZARETH HOUSE HAMMERSMITH

Please visit our page on this

 

NAZARETH HOUSE NOTTINGHAM

Nazareth House, Lenton, Nottingham

- Demolished 2005

- Some photos are available at The Lenton Times

 

NAZARETH HOUSE DERRY

Nazareth House, Bishop Street, Derry

- Opened in 1880

- News item about its closure in 2000 (when it was perhaps caring for adults?)

 

NAZARETH HOUSE BIRMINGHAM

Nazareth House, Upand Road, Selly Park

- Established 1910

- In 1954, it moved moved to Rednal

Nazareth Convent and Children’s Home, Lickey Road, Rednal

- There was apparently a shetland pony called Christmas presented by Chipperfield Circus

- You could hear the hum of the Austin factory all night long including the steam shunting engines in the goods yard

- The convent has been demolished and a housing estate is where it stood

 

NAZARETH HOUSE KILMARNOCK

Nazareth House, Kilmarnock

- Still going in the 1970s

 

NAZARETH HOUSE BRISTOL

Nazareth House, Bristol

- Opened 1920s. Closed 1970

 

NAZARETH HOUSE CHELTENHAM

Nazareth House, Cheltenham

- Opened 1920s. Closed 1965

 

NAZARETH HOUSE ABERDEEN

Nazareth House, Claremont Street, Aberdeen

 

NAZARETH HOUSE MIDDLESBOROUGH

Nazareth House,Park Road North, Middlesborough

- Anne Fothergill has written a book called Memoirs of a Nazareth House Girl. I haven't been able to find the publisher but it seems to be available on Amazon and it also featured in the Northern Echo.

Memories and pictures can be found on the Gazette site.  

 

 

 

NAZARETH HOUSE PLYMOUTH

Nazareth House, Gasking Street, Plymouth

- Moved to East Stonehouse in 1931 (building officially opened in 1932)

- Accommodated about 70 girls

- Moved to Elfordleigh Manor during WWII

- In 1971, a new orphanage was built next door to the old one.

 

NAZARETH HOUSE LIVERPOOL

Nazareth House, Crosby

 

NAZARETH HOUSE HOUNSLOW

Nazareth House, Isleworth

- Establishd 1892 at Isleworth House

- Photos here on a history forum.

 

NAZARETH HOUSE ABERDEEN

Nazareth House, Claremont Street, Aberdeen

 

NAZARETH HOUSE, OXFORD

Nazareth House, Rectory Rd/Cowley Road corner, Oxford

- Established 1875

- Did this accommodate children as well as elderly people?

 

 

NAZARETH HOUSE, CARDIFF

Nazareth House, North Road, Cardiff

National Archives hold some records on this Nazareth House

 

 

NAZARETH HOUSE, NORTHAMPTON

 

NAZARETH HOUSE, BIRKENHEAD

Manor Hill, Prenton (we understand it was still open in the early 1980s)

 

There was also:

 

 

Nazareth House, Newcastle upon Tyne

Nazareth House, Plymouth

Nazareth House, Swansea

Nazareth House, Manchester

Nazareth House, Sunderland

Nazareth House, Glasgow

Nazareth House, Midlothian

Nazareth House, Lasswade

 

 

Articles about allegations of abuse at Nazareth Houses:

1998 Independent article

2003 Guardian article

[external sites]

 

 

LOOKING FOR RECORDS?

 

If you are looking for records of your time in a Nazareth House, please try, in the first instance, the Sisters of Nazareth HQ - http://www.sistersofnazareth.com/

 

The archivist there is Christine Hughes To make any request about records, you will need to pu your request in writing to her at:

Sisters of Nazareth ArchiveNazareth House

169-175 Hammersmith Road

London W6 8DB.

 

I have heard mixed reports about the sorts of records they have kept. If you have experience of applying for your records from them, please let me know so that we can let others know what they might expect.

 

We have received this message from H who was looking for records from her time at Nazareth House in Bristol:

"Hi. I was in Nazareth House Bristol in 1960 prior to being adopted. I applied 2 years ago to Nazareth House Hammersmith for my records and they told me they had no records of me at all. However I tried the Catholic Children's Society Diocese of Clifton and they had all my records. So this information might help others in the same position."

Out now!Get your copy here!

 

Judith sent in this memory:


Nazareth House, Stoke Bishop, Bristol
"During the 60s I was a member of the City of Bristol Young Farmers' Club. In 1965 we arranged with the nuns at
Nazareth House, Bristol to take 20 children to the seaside for the afternoon.
"We would collect the children after lunch and drive them, 2 or 3 to a car to Berrow Sands. Most were aged between 5 & 10 although a few were younger than this. I don't think any had seen the sea and sand before so many of the children made a dash for the sea fully clothed. we gave them a picnic lunch, drinks, ice creams, made sand castles and played games.
"We all enjoyed it and I like to think we gave them a happy day out that they would remember. We didn't know their surnames and I only remember a few of the christian names, I do have 2 or 3 photos.
"It was so successful that it became a regular event for the next 3 yrs, normally held the first Sunday in August."