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Horbury House of mercy, Wakefield

Horbury House of mercy, Wakefield

Posted: 1111048320000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1119921663000
Surnames: Skipworth Skipwith
The genuki site states that a girls' high school has operated at Horbury House of Mercy since 1880. However the 1881 census shows the inmates to be adult women, not teen-age girls. Can anyone advise what was the previous use of this institution?

Your help is greatly appreciated.

Mary in NZ

Re: Horbury House of mercy, Wakefield

Posted: 1355534347000
Classification: Query
It opened circa 1958-64 to save women from sin and destruction. In later years it encompassed an Hospital, Convent, Chapel and School.

Re: Horbury House of mercy, Wakefield

Posted: 1355658232000
Classification: Birth
Surnames: Moss Leatham
The House is mentioned quite often in the 19th century newspapers. Some examples:

Leeds Mercury 5 Feb 1867
~~ the chairman gave some very interesting information with respect to the Horbury House of Mercy (an institution for fallen women, which is under his management)

Bradford Observer 10 Sep 1868
Notice about the Anniversery Festival; will take place Sep 15
Sermon by the Bishop of Honolulu
Sale of Work
Warden John SHARP

Hudderfield Daily Chronical 3 Jan 1873
~~ He alluded to Mr SHARP's efforts in establishing the Horbury House of Mercy for the reformation of fallen women ~~~ it had got to larger premises ~~

Preston Gardian 19 May 1877
On Sunday last, two special sermons were preached at Christ Church, Fulwood in aid of the Horbury House of Mercy for Fallen Women, by the Rev. John SHARP, MA, vicar of Horbury.

Leeds Mercury Wed 27 June 1883
The annual meeting of the supporters of the HHoM was held yesterday. Mr T. K. SANDERSON, late member for Wakefield, laid the foundation stone of the new wing tio complete the quadrangle.

1884 Rev John SHARP had been 50 years in Horbury.

Pall Mall Gazette 2 Nov 1885
The Rev J MIEKELTHWAITE, Chaplain the HHoM, caused the most intense sensation by stating he knew of a limited liability company whose members are making their fortunes through the traffic in English Girls.
~~~~ Girls from these places had been brought to his home of refuge.

Sheffield & Rotherham Independent 2 April 1892
Will of the Late Major Barker JP - left £500 to the HHoM

Shefield & Rotherham Independent 26 Sep 1892
Pontefract Boars of Guardians
Mrs E LEATHAM of Wentbridge, had interested herself in getting a young girl named Emma MOSS, deserted by her father, into the HHoM. The young girl, who is only sixteen years of age, since her admission to the Workhouse has become a mother, and this will be the subject of police court proceedings against her own father. The Board, in acceding to the girl being taken from the workhouse, thanked Mrs LEATHAM for her kindness.


Re: Horbury House of mercy, Wakefield

Posted: 1359474659000
Classification: Query
Hi just noticed your posting - hope this helps. The Convent has undergone changes recently, there are only a few sisters left, and the school has closed. This beautiful building is "to let" and I only hope it is, as it would be such a waste to see is fall into decline.

When the Victorian House of Mercy opened in 1858 it was the first religious community to be founded in the north of England since the Reformation. Its purpose was to rescue fallen women from sin and destruction. As the huge complex developed it embraced a convent, chapel, hospital and retreat for the clergy. Subsequently re-named St Peter’s Convent it opened a private preparatory school dedicated to St. Hilda in 1949 and still flourishes today.

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