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Stony Stratford in north Buckinghamshire, UK, is famous for being the source of the "Cock and Bull story", but it has also played a part in preparing orphans for a better life. Fegan's Home for Boys was an orphanage that occupied a large and mysterious looking building in the High Street. Many of the boys who lived there went on to Fegans' training farm in Kent, and eventually they were sent to Canada to work on farms. The orphanage was established as a charity by Mr. James William Condell Fegan in London, and moved to Stony Stratford in order that the boys would have access to a healthier lifestyle.

For many Fegans' boys, life was harsh. Boys as young as five were given shelter, education and a future - but life proved to be tough and many could not cope with the hard discipline that was imposed upon them.

Mr. James William Condell Fegan, founder of Fegan's Homes for Boys
Other pages in our website:
Fegan's on film: Extracts from the many cine films that were shot by the Fegan's Homes organsiation

Syd Sharp's recollections of life as a Fegan boy. Sound clips in which Syd tells of the jobs that had to be done, Christmas at Stony Stratford and the time he spent at the Training Farm at Goudhurst, Kent

The building as it stands today. Who inhabits the former orphanage now, and has it changed in appearance? Take a glimpse of some of the names in the Visitors' Book which is now kept in the building. Do you recognise anybody?

Fegan's Boys - Where are they now?
The History of the Building
Daily life at Fegans
Moving On - a journey to a better life?
Tom Hammond - the first Fegan Boy

Our icon represents Tom Hammond - the first ever Fegan Boy. Click on the icon to return to this home page.
This is a local community research project by members of the
at the Watling Way Middle School, Stony Stratford, MK, UK.
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