The children called Horncastle home

Holmleigh EMN-180314-165019001
Holmleigh EMN-180314-165019001

A fascinating piece of Horncastle’s recent history will be the subject of the Horncastle History and Heritage Society’s next meeting, on Wednesday March 21.

Holmleigh, an all new children’s home in Mareham Road, was built in 1934 and over the next 34 years became home to hundreds of children.

The presentation will reveal the lifestyle and later careers of the young people.

On the face of it, the authorities did their best, dividing the site into 11 cottages, each one run as a family unit. But did the residents’ memories confirm that?

The presence of the home obviously impacted on the town’s facilities and local schools and how well were the young people assimilated into the community.

The meeting will be held in the Admiral Rodney Hotel starting at 7.30pm, with admission £2 for members and £3 for non-members.