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Night Refuge

Also known as Open-All-Night Refuge/Open All Night Refuge — The Ever Open Door


It was founded in or before 1875 as one of many charities in Bloomsbury to assist fallen women

It seems to have run parallel with and possibly for some of its existence been organised by the Female Preventive and Reformatory Institution (The Times, 30 December 1875)

In 1890 it was still working in association with the Female Preventive and Reformatory Institution (Family Welfare Association, Guide to the Social Services, vols 58–60, 1890)

It no longer exists

What was reforming about it?

It gave shelter and food to homeless women

Where in Bloomsbury

It was at 37 Manchester Street in 1875 (The Times, 30 December 1875)

It was still there in 1895 (Low’s Handbook to the Charities of London, 1895)

Website of current institution

It no longer exists

Books about it

Homeless by Night: Being the History of the the history of the Open-All-Night Refuge Work of the London Female Preventive and Reformatory Institution, with a Description of the New Refuge at King’s Cross (1908)

E. W. Thomas, Twenty-Five Years’ Labour Among the Friendless and Fallen (1897)


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This page last modified 13 April, 2011 by Deborah Colville


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