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Homes For Friendless and Fallen Girls Exeter – Register – 1886-1887

This booklet was compiled by members of the Devon Family History Society in co-operation with the Devon Records Office. The booklet provides an extract of some information and further details may be obtained from the Devon Records Office. These homes were founded by a Church of England organisation – the Exeter Diocesan Association for the Care of Girls. The broad aim of this Association, founded in 1879, was to help ‘friendless’ girls and women ‘in moral danger’, and those already involved in ‘an immoral way of life’. This included ‘fallen’ girls and women who had become pregnant. Women and girls came to the Exeter Diocesan Association’s homes from their own homes, from the streets, from prison or the workhouse, or were sent there by a magistrate. Most were aged between 18 and 40, though younger girls were also admitted, particularly to the Preventive Home. They were taught to wash, mend and sew and attended Bible classes. The indexed records are from a section of the Register of Patients.


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