Canvey Child Welfare Clinic Members

Whittier Hall

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  • Are we sure this is Whittier Hall? The sign board reads “Society of Friends” which I believe to be the Quakers. I always thought Whittier Hall was associated with the Temperance Society. Does anyone know any more about either?

    By michael swanson (09/10/2012)
  • Definitely Whittier Hall. All of the above was associated with Whittier Hall

    By Janet Penn (09/10/2012)
  • Hi, Michael, I think you’ll find all the info you need on the Archive page about my great-uncle Harold Thomas,the founder of Whittier Hall.

    The Child Welfare Clinic would have been linked to the Canvey Island District Nursing Association and as both my great-aunts, Dorothy and Blossom Stevens, were founder members of that organisation it seems a natural choice for the Hall to be used for the clinic.

    From the appearance of the photo this must have been in the late20s/early30s, not long after the premises were built.

    You might even remember when the red-brick Clinic was in Furtherwick Rd Auntie Blossom was still involved, weighing the babies in that quaint wicker-basket-topped weighing machine. That would have been late40s/early50s.

    By Graham Stevens (11/10/2012)

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