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    Does anyone have any information or images of the Lancashire Reformatory School for Roman Catholic Girls at May Place, Broad Green Lane, Old Swan?

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    Lancashire Reformatory School for Roman Catholic Girls, Old Swan, Liverpool

    Originally at Blackbrooke House, St. Helens, where it was certified 23rd June 1869, the school was run by the Sisters of Mercy and accepted its first girl that October. The reformatory moved to Old Swan and was re-certified 24th November 1876 for 70 girls and again, re-certified 3rd March 1902 for 75 girls. Closed 1922.

    Thanks in advance for any information anyone can provide!

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    Hi all

    Unless someone corrects me, this appears to be the place that served as the reformatory. It has now been renovated for use as sheltered housing:

    May Place, Old Swan (Owen Ellis architects web page)

    "The core of the scheme is a late 18th Century house that had been seriously neglected and almost lost under later additions. The original building was uncovered and restored to become the centre of a sheltered housing scheme providing 50 self contained flats around a sunny landscaped courtyard that can be enjoyed by everyone who lives at May Place."

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    Hope someone can help Chris.

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    Hope someone can help Chris.

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    Thanks, Kev!

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    May Place as far as my wife can remember used to be called St.Vincent's Hospice prior to falling into disrepair and reopening under its original name of May Place as sheltered accommodation. When it was St.Vincent's Hospice it was run by nuns and was basically an asylum, or it seemed to be when her Nan was in there. Not sure when it was built, but it's on an 1851 map.


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    Hello Kev

    Thanks, Kev. There is some Jack the Ripper interest here. The fifth canonical victim victim was named Mary Jane Kelly. Obviously this is a very common Irish name. Nonetheless there was an MJK at the Old Swan facility. Whether she is the right Mary Jane Kelly is quite another question.

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