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The Kitchener Memorial Home for Boys was opened by the Waifs and Strays Society in 1918 at 122 Hillfield Avenue, Hornsey. The home was named after Field Marshal Horatio Herbert Kitchener, Britain's Secretary of State for War during the First World War and the face on the famous 'Your Country Needs You' poster. He was killed in June 1916. The Kitchener Memorial Home for Boys was opened 'primarily for those whose fathers had in died in the Great War.

The four-story building, previously known as Carleton House, could accommodate 48 boys aged from 8 to 14. After its conversion by the Society, the ground floor included a play room, reading room, Master's sitting room, dining room, kitchen, larder and pantry. The first floor contained two large dormitories, the Master's bedroom, an assistant's bedroom, and a chapel. The second floor held three further dormitories, another assistant's bedroom, a guest room, and a bathroom. The top floor included a sewing room but was mainly used as storage space. The basement of the building contained a workshop ad a room for coats and boots. The walls of the house were decorated with pictures of battles and war heroes, while a Union flag was permanently flown outside the home.

The home was closed at the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 and finally wound up in 1941.

The property later housed the Kitchener Memorial Training College. It has now been converted to flats.

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Comment by Geraldine on December 8, 2017 at 2:48

Some unusual Dutch gables.  Are they still there, I wonder.

Comment by Hugh on December 8, 2017 at 3:04

Well spotted. I'd never thought to check till you asked. As you can see, your suspicion is correct. They're all gone.

Comment by John D on December 8, 2017 at 14:56

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