Beecholme was notorious for its physical and sexual abuse.
Beecholme Childrens Home, Fir Tree Road, Banstead, Surrey was open from about 1930 until 1974.
It was operated by the London County Council. Children from London County Council, Islington, Lambeth, Wandsworth, Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, and Hackney Councils were sent there during its lifetime.
Geoffrey Banner was Principal from 1954 – 1970. In 1965 it came under the control of Wandsworth Council then around 68/69 only Wandsworth children went there. In 1974 it closed.
Houses of Beecholme that are known – Cedar House, Jasmine House, Fir House, Drake House
Clifford Heap, abuser, who ended up as the superintendent of Shirley Oaks was a deputy Scoutmaster at Beecholme in the 1950s. Edward Pearce and Thomas Hart were also there.
Currently there is a Police inquiry which is stretching round the world. The investigation is led by Detective Cannon Russell of the complex…
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