Kent, Farningham, Home for Little Boys
The Farningham Home for Little Boys was a philanthropic endeavour of the Victorian era, being eventually 11 separate houses and a school, chapel and workshops. The foundation stone was laid by Princess Alexandra. The Homes were intended to "feed, clothe, educate and train to industrial work, homeless and destitute little boys", unlike existing children's homes which accepted only orphans rather than the actually homeless.
The first President of the Homes for Little Boys was Robert Culling Hanbury, MP for Middlesex, who died in 1867. At his death a Memorial Fund was established, and it was agreed to establish the Hanbury Memorial Prizes therefrom. These were to be awarded, "to each boy who has left the Home and kept his situation a full year, or longer, and who returns on Old Boys' Day, within five full years of his leaving the Home, having previously sent to the Secretary a written testimonial from his mastere, stating that he has behaved properly and is industrious"; after the award, if the boy returned each year for four years more, he could expect an increasing money prize and eventual inscription on the Homes' Roll of Honour. The Prize could also be awarded to apprentices in the Homes who could obtain similar testimonials from their trademasters and housemasters.
The first award of the Prize was made in 1868, to Joseph Geoghagan;
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