FOR EILEEN

With the sad news of the passing of an old friend last week in England, my thoughts have been concentrated on Barkingside on the outer fringe of London’s old East End.

Barkingside Tube station at dusk.

BARNARDO TRUST HEADQUARTERS, BARKINGSIDE, LONDON

Barkingside, situated on the edge of London’s green belt,  is the home of the Barnardo’s headquarters. In 1873, Thomas Barnardo  opened the ‘Girls’ Village Home’ which was a collection of cottages around a green and housed 1500 girls swept up from the mean streets of Stepney, Whitechapel,  Mile End and Tower Hamlets. This village has recently received a Grade II listing  and its Victorian nature will be preserved during a planned regeneration.

WE LOVE HIM BECAUSE HE LOVED US

Statue of Thomas Barnardo. Thomas Barnardo ran an emigration scheme for Barnardo Home children which saw thousands of homeless and impoverished British children transported to Canada.

Barnardo’s Victorian Clock Tower, architectural centerpiece of the village.

Central grounds in the full bloom of spring.

Dedication to Diana.

And for that other princess in my life,  AVE ATQUE VALE!

Thanks for the memories.

 

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