Plaque marks Barnardo’s home
A blue plaque has been installed to mark Dr Thomas Barnardo’s former East End home, 150 years after he first came to London.
English Heritage, which is marking its own 150th anniversary this year, installed the monument at 32 Bow Road in Tower Hamlets.
Barnardo and his wife, Syrie lived there between 1875 and 1879 as they set up homes for needy youngsters and laid the foundations of what is now the UK’s largest children’s charity.
Their philosophy was that no child should ever be turned away. Barnardo’s chief executive Javed Khan said: “It’s an honour to have the incredibly forwardthinking work of our founder, Dr Thomas Barnardo, recognised through this permanent tribute by English Heritage during our shared 150th anniversary year.
“The strong foundations they laid continue to be the bedrock on which we build support for children, young people and families in the UK today.”