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Bloomsbury Institutions


Indigent Refuge

Also known as Refuge for Indigent Females


It was established by 1840 to provide a temporary refuge for poor, orphaned, and friendless girls, and to assist them in finding places in domestic service or returning to their friends, rather than ending up in prostitution

It was open to girls and women between the ages of 14 and 25, without the requirement for a recommendation from a subscriber

The Post Office directory of 1840 listed its Matron as Miss Stevens

It no longer exists

What was reforming about it?

There was no requirement for a recommendation from a subscriber

Where in Bloomsbury

It was at 3a Princes Street in the 1840s

Website of current institution

It no longer exists

Books about it

None found


None found

This page last modified 13 April, 2011 by Deborah Colville


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