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Friern Barnet Photo Archive

Colney Hatch Lane
The Friern Barnet Photo Archive
Colney Hatch Lane

Number 272, "Newhaven House", photographed on 10 April 2003, the day after a fire
Picture added on 09 September 2014 at 11:25
Newhaven House History: In 1944-1955 was connected with Bayer a Company providing health care, nutrition and high-tech material
In 1955 It opened as a Probation Hostel for Girls Headed by Miss Joan Burrows The House accommodated up to twenty Girls ages 14/15 years old for term 12months It close as hostel in 1974 I was associated as a 'Chaplain' for 15 years to 1970 My link was as a member of Muswell Hill Baptist Church The Building was then changed into Flats
There is more information for anyone interested contact by email
Added by John Selves on 04 October 2014
The "Barnet Press" of 29 June 1912 reported: "HRH Princess Alexandra opened the Home for Girls, known as The Hermitage. During the past 51 years nearly 48,000 young women and girls have been assisted by the institution of which The Hermitage is a branch....it supports 6 homes and an all-night refuge."
Added by David Berguer, Chairman on 07 October 2014
According to Friern Barnet UDC minutes:
In 1939 a wardens post was built in the grounds, adjoining the garden wall.
In Oct 1943 application was approved for a temporary laboratory and storage sheds for Bayer Products Ltd.
In 1947 approval was granted for renewal of the licence for the laboratory shed.
In May 1948 application was approved for use of the rear of the building for the manufacture of lampshades.
In February 1949 application was approved for for use of the laundry building for light industry - the British Engraving & Nameplate Manufacturing Co Ltd.
In June 1955 application was approved for use of the land for stocking and selling plants and garden sundries (King Easton Ltd)
In Aug 1990 there was a change of use from hostel (Class C1) to residential institution.
In February 2006 it was renamed Kemble House.
In 2008 a large three extension was added on the south side of what was the car park.
It is now a residential care home for adults with High Functioning Autism and Aspergers Syndrome by Brookdale Care.
Added by David Berguer, Chairman on 07 October 2014
Newhaven House. I knew some of the girls that were there in late 50s early 60s. All of them were a good bunch, but not what I seem to remember were there the stories about the staff. Be nice to hear from the girls. If any of you read this I wish you good luck.
Added by Jim on 09 October 2014
I remember this building as I lived here from August 1987 until April 1989. It was at this time a hostel for young women aged 16 - 18 who were in care. It provided training in independent living to us so we were prepared for life in the outside world once we left local authority care. The hostel was owned by the then charity The Rainer Foundation and, sadly, closed down permanently in November 1989. I feel really nostalgic seeing this picture. How I miss the people I lived here with! I feel sad seeing the fire damage, although it has, presumably, been repaired by now!
Added by Leyla Aziz on 19 July 2018
I was in Newhaven house and remember the staff and some of the girls. Elaine and Beverley, two staff members. Patricia and Dianne two girls.
Added by Teresa Cooper on 10 June 2022
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