My interest in the Brixton Orphanage for Fatherless Girls started after finding in
an old suitcase of my Mothers an almost complete set of the Guild of Perseverence
journals dating from its beginnings in 1919 to when the school closed in 1936. My
Mother Annie Alexandra Cotsford was a pupil at the school from 1909 to 1918.
Until 1928 each girl on arrival at the school was given a 'school name', this was
to avoid any two girls having the same christian name. This may have made life easier
for the school but has caused some confusion on the Guild List so please let me
know if you can correct or fill in any missing names.
Although this was an orphanage there is no doubt from both my Mothers memories and
letters sent to the Guild Papers that it was a very caring and loving environment
where the girls were not only given a good basic education but were also taught by
example high standards of morality, honesty and to care and help others less fortunate
than them selves.
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I would like to thank Lambeth Archives for kindly allowing me to reproduce the above photo of the school and also for accepting to be custodians of the original journals.