Nora Isabel Adnams in Barkingside, Essex - between 1904 and June, 1911

from My memoirs of Dr. Barnardo's home , page 20:

[My] poor sister Elsie, there was a day when she was in trouble, so for punishment she had the whole lot of boots to clean on her own. Usually two of them did it between them, but would she let “Mother” [the matron of the Home] see she minded, not her, she sang away at the top of her voice, sixteen pairs of them and she was about ten years old. 

cite as

Nora Isabel Adnams, My memoirs of Dr. Barnardo's home . In Brunel University Burnett Archive of Working Class Autobiographies, number 2:859, p. 20. accessed: 23 April, 2024

location of experience: Barkingside, Essex


Listening to

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unspecified singing performed by Elsie Brazier

Experience Information

Date/Time between 1904 and June, 1911
Medium live
Listening Environment in private, indoors


Nora Adnams and four of her nine siblings were placed in Barnardo’s Homes when the family was made destitute because her father suffered an injury that prevented him from working. She was three years old at the time (1904) and was returned to her family, along with her siblings, six years later.

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Tue, 12 Jun 2018 07:41:23 +0100
Approved on Fri, 29 Jun 2018 18:10:51 +0100