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1 of 5  Tue 5th Apr 2016 5:35pm  
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Hello. Does anyone know the address of the Sir Thomas Whites Orphanage in Coventry which is listed on the 1911 census please? Many thanks

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2 of 5  Tue 5th Apr 2016 5:52pm  
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This information is from Spennell's 1912 Cov Directory.
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3 of 5  Tue 5th Apr 2016 6:19pm  
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Map, 1938, shows Swanswell Terrace, maybe the name changed. The more senior members may have first hand knowledge. Anyway you can see it fits the location from other directories, that it runs from Leicester Street to Stoney Stanton Road.
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4 of 5  Tue 5th Apr 2016 6:21pm  
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And this is the information from the 1926 Cov Directory. The orphanage is no longer mentioned.
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5 of 5  Wed 6th Apr 2016 6:29am  
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On 5th Apr 2016 5:35pm, gillian said: Hello. Does anyone know the address of the Sir Thomas Whites Orphanage in Coventry which is listed on the 1911 census please? Many thanks
I think this answers your question. It is what I have put together as to why I was born in an orphanage. I even know down to either of two rooms pointed out by my mother when I was young. It may probably be the same sort of reason for you wanting to know this building’s location. How Sir Thomas White's Orphanage came to be a Maternity Ward The First World War was an important factor in the expansion of Coventry’s hospital (opened in 1867 with 60 beds). Thirty beds were placed at the disposal of the War Office in 1914 but these soon proved inadequate and a new ward was built with £1,000 donated by Alfred Herbert. Canvas huts were erected and Sir Thomas White's Orphanage, which adjoined the hospital grounds, was rented in 1916 as an additional ward. There were thus 310 beds in 1916, compared with 140 in 1914. More than 2,500 wounded soldiers passed through the wards before 1919 when the 'soldier' wards were closed. The hospital did not, however, return to its pre-war position. The Alfred Herbert Ward was retained as an emergency ward and Sir Thomas White's Orphanage was bought in 1919 and converted into medical, ophthalmic, and maternity wards. The hospital was thus able to take almost twice as many in-patients (2,804) in 1920 as in 1910. This item is extracted from “A History of the County of Warwick: Volume 8:” The diagram below is made up from the etchings picture from “Coventry Freemens’ Guildsman”; “Britain from Above”; and the 1888 map posted by Dutchman in Swanswell Pool posting 25 in answer to a similar question.
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