History

The potential new Children's Home (now the Marist Retreat Centre) was a former Barracks (Almshouses) which from the outside had a certain Cotswold charm but conditions inside could only be deplored. There was no running water, no sanitation, heating, gas or electricity – hardly suitable as a home for an ever increasing number of needy children.

Beatrice and Blanche Leigh and two Marist Sisters attended Mass at the beautiful new St. Joseph’s Church. After Mass each Sister confided to the other that she was in no doubt that this was an apostolate their Founders would favour. The Marist Sisters never regretted this decision. The joy of the Leigh sisters can well be imagined.

Beatrice and Blanche Leigh

The Barracks