On 16 December 1868 a group of ship owners in Liverpool started work on a project to generate interest by the people of Liverpool in the possibility of the establishment of an institution where the orphan children of seamen would be cared for. Ten ship owners each put up £500 pounds towards the founding of the orphanage and a start was made, by the end of 1869 60 children were housed in temporary accomodation.
Such were the beginnings of the Seaman's Orphanage in rented premises in Duke Street which accommodated 46 boys and 14 girls, but the enthusiasm of the people of Merseyside was demonstrated on 7 April 1870, when Liverpool Town Council approved a resolution under which a gift of land at the northeast side of Newsham Park should be given to the committee to enable them to build a Seaman's Orphanage, which would in due course open.
Liverpool Town Council gave 7,000 square yards of land at the northeast side of Newsham Park to the committee to construct a Seaman's Orphan Institution. On 31 January 1874 the children from the temporary home in Duke Street were transferred, together with 46 newcomers. In addition to the 200 children at the orphanage, the committee also looked after children on an outdoor relief basis.
The orphanage lasted until 1949 when, because of many mew rules and regulations and changes in people's views, it closed and the children that remianed transferred to other places.
The orphanage was then sold to the new National Health Service in 1951 for use as a hospital and by the milenium it was falling into dis-repair and eventually closed. The site is now up for sale.
The Seaman's Institution however continues to provide support to families of seamen who find themselves in difficulties.
Alongside the building is a pedestrian tunnel under the railway line in which I used to play as a very young child when I lived in the area.
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