Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Holiday Home for Delicate Children

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Holiday Home for Delicate Children

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"M Y husband and I have lived in Davison House, Ainthorpe near Castleton which was formerly the Davison Children's Home," writes Heather Mathers. "Davison Home was built in 1915 to provide respite holidays for disabled children of Middlesbrough. In latter years it was simply a home providing respite care for Middlesbrough children. "Each year we meet several people who come by to see the place where they spent some time as children. It is always interesting to meet them and hear their stories, and we keep doing a bit of research into the history when we have time. "We had a reunion in 2005 and a huge number of folk came, met and chatted to others whom they had not seen for many years. We had advertised the day via the Evening Gazette, local press and local radio.

"We have some photographs of children, lots of them without names and we would really like to put a name to all of them and to hear their stories."

After reading Heather's email Remember When had a look through the archives to see what could be found about Davison House.

Davison House was opened in 1915, as Heather says, to provide holidays for "the delicate or crippled children of Middlesbrough where they could be built up with good, wholesome food and moorland air."

That was the intention and it became home from home for the children sent from the industrial streets of Middlesbrough to enjoy a healthy country life. The home was given by a Middlesbrough man named Robert Collinson Davison who was himself described as "a cripple", supported by other benefactors in the town including grocer Amos Hinton and clothier, Dorman Stewart.

Following World War Two the home was taken over by Middlesbrough Health Authority, initially for convalescent care for children and then for children whose parents were unable to look after them. It had places for 18 children aged from one to 18 years and they stayed for between one and 12 weeks. …

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