Charities, Health and Welfare

From William Hunt's will in 1589 to the thriving charitable organisations of the 21st century, care for the poor and disadvantaged has supplemented the duties of the Parish as Overseers of the Poor (the origins of the welfare state).

Page link: Books Galore - No More
Books Galore - No More
A history of Harpenden's Toc H stall
Page link: Commander in Care
Commander in Care
The Story of Percy English and Harpenden St John's Ambulance Brigade
Page link: Field House
Field House
A short history
Page link: Harpenden Red Cross Society
Harpenden Red Cross Society
A short summary of the first 75 years, from 1938-2013
Page link: James Marshall - 1661-1722
James Marshall - 1661-1722
Benefactor of young people in Wheathampstead and Harpenden
Page link: Ken's Kingdom
Ken's Kingdom
Memories of life at the N.C.H, Highfield Oval, in the 1940s and 1950s
Page link: More Memories of Harpenden's Childrens Home
More Memories of Harpenden's Childrens Home
Memories of Two NCH 'Sisters' from the 1940s to 1960s
Page link: National Children's Home - Harpenden cemetery
National Children's Home - Harpenden cemetery
A secluded corner on the edge of Harpenden
Page link: Old Elmfield School member
Old Elmfield School member
Fond memories of being a 'boarder' there!
Page link: Parish Chest
Parish Chest
Overseers accounts
Page link: Raymond Diston
Raymond Diston
An NCH child
Page link: The Children's Sanatorium, Harpenden
The Children's Sanatorium, Harpenden
A Special branch of the National Children's Home and Orphanage
Page link: The National Children's Home and Harpenden's twin town Alzey
The National Children's Home and Harpenden's twin town Alzey
Christmas visits and holidays in Alzey - 1974-1985
Page link: Harpenden Charities
Harpenden Charities
Bequests from the 16th to 19th centuries forming the Harpenden United Charities
Page link: The Lying-in Charity
The Lying-in Charity
Help for poor married women
Page link: Harpenden Paupers
Harpenden Paupers
Parish relief, 'outdoor' and 'indoor' - for parishioners and those passing through
Page link: Looking after the Poor
Looking after the Poor
from the Middles Ages to the Union Workhouse
Page link: Insanity
Insanity
Harpenden Hall Asylum - an early advertisement c1848
Page link: Self-help in Nineteenth Century Harpenden
Self-help in Nineteenth Century Harpenden
Ways of eaking out meagre wages and coping with misfortune
Page link: St Helena's, 40 Luton Road
St Helena's, 40 Luton Road
Harpenden Memorial Nursing Centre to Welfare Clinic
Page link: Harpenden Memorial Hospital
Harpenden Memorial Hospital
The Red House, opened 1941
Page link: The Maple Convalescent Home
The Maple Convalescent Home
From "The Lady's Pictorial" June 12th 1897
Page link: Harpenden Branch of the National Children's Home - 1910-1985
Harpenden Branch of the National Children's Home - 1910-1985
From London's East End to the Wilds of Hertfordshire
Page link: National Children's Home
National Children's Home
Moved to Harpenden in 1913 and offered employment training to orphaned boys and girls
Page link: The Children's Home at Harpenden -  A report on progress 1915
The Children's Home at Harpenden - A report on progress 1915
Extract from 'Highways & Hedges' - NCH journal 1915
Page link: Percy English
Percy English
A lifetime of service
Page link: St Margaret's Crossway
St Margaret's Crossway
An orphange for "friendless little girls"
Page link: St Margaret's, Crossway - a child's view
St Margaret's, Crossway - a child's view
Miss Hazel Inglefield's reminiscences, written in the 1980s