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Rosemary Steer is leading a commemoration project on childrens homes in Dickleburgh. The project is all about Louisa Brandreth and the lives of three hundred children she helped through her 'Charity for workhouse children' providing care and homes years ago.
Rosemary is pictured outside the school. She was a kind-hearted woman who set up ren's charity in her Norfolk village and helped hundreds of destitute and orphaned youngsters. Some of the children at Rose Cottgae - Credit: Archant.
For more than 20 years Louisa Brandreth provided a home to children who were in need of help and love during a time when the plight of youngsters was a low priority for society — as seen in the novel Oliver Twist. And now the work of Mrs Brandreth in setting up the Charity for Workhouse Children homes in Dickleburgh, near Diss, is to be celebrated a century after her death.
In about Mrs Brandreth set up her charity for destitute and orphaned children from the local area and beyond, housing them at Rose Cottage and Lee Cottage and providing board in other people's properties.
She ran the homes until when she and her husband, Henry, the rector of Dickleburgh, retired to Cambridge. The homes were taken over by the Waifs and Strays Society, now the Children's Society, and between the s and more then children went through their doors.
And now, years after her death, the people of Dickleburgh are preparing to mark the life of Mrs Brandreth by organising and seeking funds for a series of activities and events to commemorate her. The service is on July 20 from 2. Rosemary Steer, who is involved in the project's steering group and who researched Mrs Brandreth for a dissertation while she studied at the University of Dundee, said: 'We plan to carry out further activities to celebrate this inspiring episode in Dickleburgh's history, subject to grant funding.
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Founder of Dickleburgh children’s homes to be remembered