Former Children's Homes

 

A warm welcome to the Former Children's Homes website. Having started in 2011, this is the first dedicated encyclopaedia of life in former children's homes and orphanages. Over the years, thousands and thousands of children spent time in these homes and yet we know very little about what life was like in them.

 

Over the years, thousands and thousands of children spent time in these homes and yet we know very little about what life was like for them.

 

 

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The idea of this site is to share our memories and our family history research to build up a picture of what life was really like for people in children's homes so you are very welcome to contribute any information and photographs to the site and, of course, please feel free to tell us when we have got something wrong. This is a complicated topic and we may very well make mistakes.

 

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Looking for my family
- an experiment

 

Recently, I seem to have received more requests for people looking for family members, particularly brothers and sisters, after being separated when one or more of them went to a children's home. For this reason, I am experimenting with providing a notice board so that people can give details of themselves in case missing family members are searching for them. Please let me know if you think this is usefiul.

 

CONVALESCENT HOMES
& OPEN AIR SCHOOLS

 

I have been trying to think of ways to make it easier for people to find children's homes and so am experimenting with county maps which will guide you to homes in that area. Have a look and see what you think!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gudrun Limbrick
hello@formerchildrenshomes.org.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The tragic history
of jelly babies

 


The BBC recently examined the history of the humble jelly bean and discovered that they were created by Fryers of Lancashire in 1864. They weren't known as jelly babies then but as 'Unclaimed Babies' after the orphaned and abandoned infants which were all too common at the time. The tragedy behind the name seemingly didn't do anything to harm their popularity.

 

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PEAKY BLINDERS

 AND CHILD MIGRATION

 

Take a look at how much truth there might be in the fiction.

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