Plaque marks Barnardo’s home

The Wharf - - The Week - Laura En­field

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.”


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