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Royal Orphan Asylum, Beddington


This orphange was set up, in Beddington Park, Sutton near Croydon, in 1762. The girls were trained to take in jobs in domestic service once they had left the orphanage.


The orphanage achieved its 'royal' title some time after 1900.






The archives in Sutton have some records. These are listed by The National Archives as:


General Court of Guardians

Committee Minutes

Lists of Children

Notebook and scrapbook

Copy of Act for the establishment

Annual reports


Photograph album and prints of the orphanage and Beddington

A history of Beddington by Thomas Bentham


NB. Not all of these records will be open to the public. Please see our guide to accessing records.


The contact detail of the archives:


London Borough of Sutton: Archives and Local Studies

2nd floor, Central Library

St Nicholas Way

London SM1 1EA

Tel: 020 8770 4747




A blog abut the orphanage can be found here. [external site]