British Seaman's Boys' Home

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BSBH Band Cica 1962

The British Seaman’s Orphan Boys' Home The "Ophan" has long since been omitted from the name.

It was founded in Brixham on the Berry Head Road in 1863 by William Gibbs of Tyntesfield for the orphan sons of deceased British seamen.[1][2] He died in 1875 and his widow conveyed the Home upon trust to the Bishop of Exeter, with the object of providing for the orphan sons of British seaman. It was closed in 1988 after 125 years.

It was famous for its bugle and drum marching band which could be seen marching from the home to the All Saints Church most Sundays.

Many hundreds of boys have passed through the Home and have been given a good start in life which they otherwise would have not had, most went on to join the Royal Navy.[3]

Post Closure[edit]

In 1990 it became a Nautical Venture Centre then in 1995 became the Grenville House Outdoor Education Centre[4][5]


  1. ^ "British Seaman's Boys' Home". Nigel Owen. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Residents from 1863 to 1988". Nigel Owen. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "British Seamans Boys Home Old Boys". 
  4. ^ About Grenville House