Reedham Orphanage

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Reedham Orphanage was founded in 1844 in Richmond, London as the Asylum for Fatherless Children by Rev Andrew Reed[1] taking children of both sexes and giving them food, shelter and education until the age of 13 and 14.[2]


It quickly outgrew the Richmond premises and relocated Stoke Newington, then to Stamford Hill in 1846.[1][2] It immediately began fundraising for a new home. The funds for the site were raised by 1853.

"At long last … we have purchased an estate three miles from Croydon on the trunk line of the Dover and Brighton Railway. It is paid for (the cost was £3,895). We shall put our Asylum on the crown of the Hill." [2]

— Rev Andrew Reed, 1853

The orphanage in Purley, Surrey was opened in 1858[1] with a capacity of 300.[3]

When Andrew Reed died in 1862 the asylum’s name was changed to Reedham in his honour.[2][3]

The orphanage included a school for the children and a non-sectarian church which was added in 1879.[1][2] When the local railway station opened in 1911 it took the Reedham name.[3] The school was evacuated to Nottingham from July 1944 to June 1945.[2] The home was closed in 1980 and sold for redevelopment. The proceeds established the Reedham Trust.[3] The orphanage's Purley site is now occupied by Beaumont Primary School.

Reedham Trust[edit]

The Trust fulfills the original intent of the asylum by funding a boarding school education for children who through loss or incapacity of their parents, need to attend a boarding school. Their focus "is on boarding need rather than educational need".[4]

The trust is run from the former lodge building of the orphanage.[1][3]

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  1. ^ a b c d e "Reedham Orphanage". Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "History". Reedham Old Scholars Association. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Reedham, Croydon". Hidden London. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Our Criteria - Care for my children". The Reedham Trust. Retrieved 13 October 2014.