Metropolitan & City Police Orphans Fund

Formerly the metropolitan & City Police Orphanage

The original home was Fortescue House, Twickenham. Within three years, 115 orphans were eligible for accommodation. Clearly the Home was not large enough and in 1874 Wellesley House, Twickenham, was purchased.

In 1923 the War Memorial Hospital was built in the grounds of the Orphanage on subscriptions from the two Forces in memory of their colleagues who fell in the 1914–1918 War.

2,807 boys and girls passed through the Metropolitan and City Police Orphanage before it closed in 1937, and the Metropolitan and City Police Orphans Fund came into being.

The following pages detail the history of the Metropolitan and City Police Orphanage and Orphans Fund, from 1870 to the present day.

There is also a gallery of photographs showing life at the orphanage in the 19th and early 20th century. Researchers wishing to learn more may be interested in the Fund's archive and museum.


Please accept our undying thanks for everything you have done for our two boys, without your help neither would be in the position they are now.

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There are two easy ways to support The Metropolitan & City Police Orphans Fund - by making a direct donation through Virginmoneygiving, or simply by shopping online at one of your favourite retailers via easyfundraising.
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