Nottingham Poor Boys Home Roseberry Avenue Skegness


Permanent Building at Skegness Camp

For some years past the Committee of what was formerly known as the Nottingham Poor Boys’ Camp Society have been anxious to erect a permanent building to replace the wooden structures which superseded the original bell-tents and marquees on the “camp ground” at Skegness, and the achievement of their desire is seen in the photograph which we reproduce below. The building is practically completed, and is to be opened by the Marchioness of Titchfield on the 30th of the present month.

The frontage of the Home is to Roseberry Avenue (which connects Clifton-grove with Wilford-grove, off the Drummond-road, and, as will be seen, the building presents a neat and pleasing appearance. It has been built by Mr. William Greetham, of Skegness, to the design of Messrs. Bromley and Watkins, architects of Nottingham. The contract price was approximately £4,500, and furnishing, etc., will bring the cost to fully £5,000. The work of erection represented a commendable achievement on the part of the builder named, as construction was not commenced until November, and a good deal of time was lost through bad weather conditions.

The moving spirit in the scheme has been Mr. R. H. Swain, a well-known figure at Skegness, who, with Mrs. Swain, acts as honorary secretary to the joint Girls’ and Boys’ Convalescent Homes Society. Mr. Swain has devoted many years of his life to fulfilling one of the great motives of Christianity that of bringing a little joy into the drab lives of the slum children of Nottingham. To use a hackneyed expression, Mr. Swain has “worked like a Trojan” for the erection of this permanent Home, and to see the building opened free of debt would crown his happiness at seeing the Home in being. We understand that a matter of £1,500 is still required to enable it to be done.

Source: Skegness Standard 2nd May 1928

Photo: Wrates of Skegness


4 thoughts on “Nottingham Poor Boys Home Roseberry Avenue Skegness

  1. i spent 3 fantastic weeks at roseberry avenue in the seventies. i wonder if any 1 has any old photograghs of the building and grounds, i would be interested in any one who has any memories of the place around that time. im writing a book about my childhood and so any one who can help refresh my memory with names of staff etc would be of great service to me. my email address is thank you…… david.

    p.s. even better if you also had a holiday in the poor home, share your memories with me. i think the head man in those days was called mr nichols and a a sue waterhouse ?? also worked there

    • I was there in the mid sixties with my 3 brothers. It was a brutal place for young boys away from home. I remember the swish of the cane across the boys that had wet the bed. It was a morning ritual of the place. They marched us around to the point of exhaustion, we were so young. One of their favourite pastimes was to force us to box in a ring, regardless of how we felt. My parents where broke and thought it would be a good experience for us and a holiday at the beach. The people that ran the show had different ideas.

  2. I went there in the mid 50s three years on the trot. The leader was a Mr Roberts, the school teacher Mr Topham. Food was good and last thing at night we would have a slice of bread and butter or dripping. Peter

    • yes i well rememer this holiday camp i went ther with my twin brother my name is gerald saunders mr roberts i rememer well he was brutal perso n

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