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The Turner Home, Liverpool




The Turner Home (formerly the Turner Memorial Home, then the Turner Nursing Home) is located in Dingle Lane, Toxteth, Liverpool. Founded for the care of sick and disadvantaged men, it continues to function as a registered residential and nursing home for men. The building is designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building.

The Turner Home



The Turner family lived at Dingle Head, an area of the city close to the River Mersey bordering Toxteth Park, where the growing prosperity was seeing increasing land development in what were to become the suburbs. The land was originally owned by the Yates family, Richard Vaughan Yates was the man who financed the first public park in Liverpool – Princes Park. Yates was a wealthy iron merchant and philanthropist who, ‘desirous…that a place of healthful and pleasant recreation should be secured for the people’, paid the Earl of Sefton the hefty sum of £50,000 in 1842 for the land and employed Joseph Paxton to do the landscaping.  The Yates family eventually sold their estate to Charles Turner, originally from Yorkshire. Turner established his merchant business in Liverpool and soon made a success of the venture.  Charles Turner was the first chairman of Liverpool Dock Board, and a Member of Parliament, he died in 1875, followed by his son five years later.He was committed to charitable causes and local politics.



Anne Turner, the bereaved wife and mother sought to find a way of providing a memorial to her loved ones. She gave £40,000, with an endowment, to establish the Turner Home to provide accommodation and residential care for chronically sick men and boys and commissioned a life-size marble sculpture of her late husband and son. They are seen inspecting cloth. The sculpture is located in the main entrance hall of the Turner Home.


Dingle Glen  towards the Turner Memorial Home


The building of the home was completed in 1884 and was designed by Alfred Waterhouse who was born on 19 July 1830 in Aigburth, Liverpool, the son of wealthy mill-owning Quaker parents. It was built for Mrs Anne Turner.  The first full title of the home was “The Turner Memorial Home of Rest for Chronic Sufferers”. By the 1980s the fabric of the building had deteriorated, and in 1984 a Centenary Appeal was launched to raise money for essential repairs and improvements. Following this, as nursing standards and regulations changed, more modern accommodation was provided. In 1993 the Eric Fischer Wing was built, containing 44 bedrooms with en-suite facilities. This was followed in 2000 by the Ian Tod Wing, which incorporated a rehabilitation unit, a lounge, and six more bedrooms. The home is dual-registered as a residential and a nursing facility. In addition to medical and nursing care, chiropody, dental care, an optician's service, and hairdressing are provided. Parts of the main building continue to be used for communal activities, including dining, and games such as pool and snooker. Religious services are held twice a week in the chapel. Holidays and outings are arranged for the residents. The work of the home is supported by a League of Friends.


Turner memorial home © Ged Fagan


For over a century this building has been home for a great many men of all ages, including those who fought in the wars. The tradition of care and support has always been an outstanding feature of the home. The overall administration of the Home is the responsibility of the Trustees, who meet regularly throughout the year. They delegate the overseeing of the management of the Home to the Management Committee which includes the three Trustees and the Home manager, the Home employs professional advisors as both Secretary and Treasurer.






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Sources

The National Archives
Liverpool Central Library
Liverpool Records Office
The Turner Home Website
Yo Liverpool


By Robert F Edwards


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