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Mary vale convent and orphange Birmingham

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brummiejan Report 11 Apr 2013 15:25

Sandie, just a tip - the dates people posted are in top right hand corner just above their message - these are very old postings so not very likely they will see your reply, unfortunately.
You can send messages by clicking on their names - if Genes has current email address they will be notified.
If you need assistance you can always start a thread of your own.


Diane Report 11 Apr 2013 14:44



I have finally started on my mother''s side of the family and I have just discovered too that in 1901 census that two of my grandma's aunties are in Mary Vale convent. I too was shocked and now I have to find out what happened to the other two girls and their brother. It is such a shame.




Sands Report 5 Dec 2007 10:20

Thank you so much miriam!
I really am grateful want to really find out what happened to her..
Was such a suprise to find her in Orphange so sad that she ended there will give me something to start my searches with....


Miriam Report 5 Dec 2007 10:12

Dear Sandie

There are photos on the Rossbret website -

There's also this info on the British History Online site: -

MARYVALE R.C. SCHOOL, Great Barr.(27) Maryvale Industrial Sch. received state grants 1856– 62.(1) Presumably part of the orphanage which opened 1851 (see p. 405).(40) In 1852 the orphanage had one schoolroom.(34) There is no further mention of a sch. attached to it until an ordinary elementary sch. managed by the Sisters of Mercy, known as Maryvale R.C. Sch., received annual grants from 1882 (see p. 405). Accom. 1882: 133.(1) New I sch., accom. 85, opened 1895.(21) M and I depts. in 1889.(1) Largely attended by children from orphanage;(40) in 1923 ⅔ girls from there. Altered 1915. 3 classrooms provided in R.C. club premises on site 1932, 1937, 1939.(21) Became an aided sch. 1950.(28) 2 permanent classrooms added 1953.(21) Accom. 1961: 10 classrooms, hall.(28)

From: 'Public Education: Schools ', A History of the County of Warwick: Volume 7: The City of Birmingham (1964), pp. 501-548. URL: Date accessed: 05 December 2007.

There are also some records available at the National Archives.

You could also try the NCH website.

Best of luck



Sands Report 5 Dec 2007 10:00

I have just discovered a little one connected to my family who was placed in a orphange called Mary vale in Perry barr Birmingham this is according to the 1901 census...
Would i need to start with the records office or a Catholic organisation ,do they keep records?
Many thanks