About Bickerton House

Bickerton House

This is not the first time that our building has provided a facility for new mothers and babies!  We recently discovered that St Pelagia’s House for destitute girls was founded in 1889 at No 25 Bickerton Road, Upper Holloway, by the Roman Catholic order of the Sisters Servants of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. It provided accommodation for unmarried mothers and their first-born babies, who were allowed to enter the home when the child was a fortnight old. The girls were admitted free of charge on condition that they contributed to the earning power of the home by working in the laundry

This is the mission statement of the nuns who started St Pelagias Home

We, Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, urged by the compassion of Christ and responsive to the anguish of peoples and planet, are called to help shape communities of gentleness, justice and peace that witness to the healing, liberating and empowering love of God.
The principle of working for love, peace and gentleness at the beginning of life runs through all of our work at the Active Birth Centre so we were very moved to find out about this history to the building we work from.


Bickerton House is now a family owned business which has supported the development of the Active Birth Centre since we first moved here in 1985, when we were the first tenants to use the premises as a studio and consulting room. Studio and office space in the building vary in size from 100 sq ft up to 1,000 sq ft and become available from time to time.

Anyone interested should contact 0207 281 6050 or email at info@archwaystudios.co.uk or visit the Archway Studios website.

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Active Birth Centre
25 Bickerton Road, (Left Gate)
N19 5JT
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General Information
Tel: 020 7281 6760
Email: info@activebirthcentre.com

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Pregnancy Yoga
Janet Balaskas Active Birth Workshop©



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