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Westerham and the Foundling Hospital

Discover the history of the Foundling Hospital in Westerham through free talks at Quebec House.

  • Booking advisable
  • Free event

In 1739, Thomas Coram established the Foundling Hospital in London for the "education and maintenance of exposed and deserted young children”, the first example of children’s social care in the UK. Twenty years later, a branch hospital was established in Westerham to help cope with the ever-increasing demands for its services.

The Foundling Hospital, now known as Coram, is a vibrant charity group of specialist organisations continuing Thomas Coram’s legacy by creating better chances for thousands of children across the UK.

This short talk will share the story of Wellstreet branch hospital (better known to us today as Chartwell) and the children who came through its doors, known as Foundlings. You will also view the artistic response of young people with experience of the care system today, a narrative blanket called ‘A Folded Reality’. This was created as part of Coram’s Voices Through Time: The Story of Care programme, made possible by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Talks are free of charge and will take place upstairs in Quebec House on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in March. Booking is advisable as there are limited places available.

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The basics

Meeting point

Indoor event. When you arrive, please go to the front door of the house


The tour includes several steps both between rooms and up staircases. Visitors should be prepared to be standing for 45 minutes. Loose gravel paths around grounds. For full details: 01959 567430


To learn more about the history of Quebec House and General James Wolfe, book one of our hourly tours, normal admission applies.

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