The shadows of human history lay heavy on these buildings. The Soup Kitchen fed the poor and needy for 90 years. It’s luxury apartments are now, I’m sure, a quaint place to live and the more subtly named food banks have taken on the mission. The Sheltering home ‘rescued’ over 6,000 destitute and neglected children, trained them and then packed them off to work on farms in Canada. It now shelters University students from around the world in a reversal of its role.
The Soup Kitchen for the Jewish Poor, Brune St, East End of London
The Sheltering Home for Destitute Children, Myrtle St, Liverpool
Overlaid are Frank Bray, Samuel Relf and Edith Barker, three of the children who left for a new life in Canada.
“We in England, with our 470 inhabitants to the square mile, were choking, elbowing, starving each other in the struggle for existence: the British colonies over seas were crying out for men to till their lands, with few ties to bind them to the mother country, and at an age when they were easily adaptable to almost any climatic extremes.”
Thomas Barnardo 1889
“For all the noble endeavour of institutions, one vital ingredient is always missing. There is, and never will be, a substitute for love.” John Lane – Liverpudlian Child Migrant
Source: The Merseyside Maritime Museum