St Edward’s Home for Boys was built in 1904 by a Catholic priest – Father Hudson. It was basically just that – a home for boys – usually given up by their poor parents. He died in 1936 and is buried in the grounds.
Father Hudson also had a home in Canada and many boys were sent there from the Midlands. This finished in 1935, but a few years later many boys were forced to emigrate to Australia instead, ending in 1955. In 1998 a priest who was in charge of the school was jailed – convicted of 18 cases of abusing children between 1957 and 1965 – he was jailed for 7 years. In 2001 he died in jail, a few months after the Pope stripped him of his rights as a priest.
The building has remained empty since 1996 and there are calls to demolish it because of it’s chequered history.
Hall & Chapel
Being a Catholic school, there was a place for religious activities. And being a school, also a school hall…
Corridors, stairs & rooms
There was a lot of fantastic wooden panelling in various rooms and corridors
There was a large kitchen here – full of retro-looking Aga ovens, huge boiling machines, rows of sinks. Reminded me of home economics lessons…