Author Topic: The Retreat, Mere  (Read 5495 times)

Offline markoffen

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Re: The Retreat, Mere
« Reply #9 on: Saturday 20 January 07 16:50 GMT (UK) »
Good day Margaret,

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Mark

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Best Regards
Mark

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Re: The Retreat, Mere
« Reply #10 on: Friday 16 February 18 22:20 GMT (UK) »
I've just ordered my father's birth certificate hoping that his father would be shown on it.
It shows he was born at the Retreat in Mere.  He was born in June 1925.  I was always told that his father was a bigamist but it would appear that this was a place for unmarried mothers to have their babies.  If anyone has any information then I would be interested to hear about it.  Thank you

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Re: The Retreat, Mere
« Reply #11 on: Sunday 18 February 18 11:46 GMT (UK) »
Yes you are right this was a home for unmarried mother open from 1916 to 1927 and took in about 300 girls.

They were a great home and helped the girls look after their babies and in some cases help them track down the father to help with the upkeep of the child.

I have extensive information on the home and the owners Alice and Francis Rutter, Quakers and well thought of in Mere.

I would be happy to help you if you need further information

Regards

Margaret

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Re: The Retreat, Mere
« Reply #12 on: Monday 01 October 18 16:25 BST (UK) »
Yes you are right this was a home for unmarried mother open from 1916 to 1927 and took in about 300 girls.

They were a great home and helped the girls look after their babies and in some cases help them track down the father to help with the upkeep of the child.

I have extensive information on the home and the owners Alice and Francis Rutter, Quakers and well thought of in Mere.

I would be happy to help you if you need further information

Regards

Margaret

Margaret, I am researching for a novel, and am interested in what would've happened to unmarried mothers in Mere once The Retreat closed? Was there any other similar provision in Mere (particularly in the war years)? Many thanks.