Children's Convalescent Homes
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Luton Children's Sick and Convalescent Home






Jews' Convalescent Home For Children, Norley, Frodsham





Rusland Hall, Cumbria




Sheffield Poor Children's Holiday Convalescent Home, Holmesfield 




Broomhayes Manor Convalescent Home

Heathercomb Brake, Dartmoor – linked to Dagenham


Lynton Children's Convalescent Home


Webbery Manor Convalescent Home


Westward Ho! Convalescent Home




Highcliffe Castle Convalescent Home, Dorset


Sunday School Union Children's Convalescent Home, Carlton Road, Bournemouth




Children's Convalescent Home, Hornsea




Little Folks Home, Little Common, Bexhill on Sea. Children were sent from the Queen's Hospital, Hackney Road, Bethnal Green for up to 50 days' convalescence from 1911 to 1974.


Haldane (or Haldene?) House, Cooden Drive, Bexhill on Sea - for seriously and terminally ill children.


Braemar Childrens Home, De-La-Warr Road, Bexhill on Sea


Collington Manor Home, Collington Lane East and Walton Park Road, Bexhill on Sea (largely for children with TB sent from London hospitals) 

St Leonard's Convalescent Home for Children, West Hill, Hastings (pictured below)

About Children's
Convalescent Homes


Children's institutions did not just take the form of permanent residential homes. Some homes were established to send children to convalesce after an illness.


The children may have been from children's homes, they may have come straight out of hospital. Generally, in the case of the latter, parents would have had to pay a fee for their children to stay there.


Convalescent homes were generally situated by the sea as the Victorians put great store by the health benefits of fresh sea air.


Some poor law unions, and later councils, had homes to be used specifically for holidays for children. These were generally also by the sea - for entertainment rather than health reasons.


Birmingham City Council, for example, bought a house in Towyn in North Wales for holidays for the children in its children's homes. The home purchse was paid for with a bequest from an individual in 1935. It was called Martineau House. In the 1950s, the home moved to Bognor Regis and use was restricted to childen with disabilities. The home was sold in the late 1980s [source].


There are some crossovers between convalescent homes and open air schools so take a look at our Open Air Schools Directory too.






Shoeburyness Sunshine Homes ( open in the  1920s)


Childhaven, near Brentwood


Greenwoods, near Stock












 Farnborough Convalescent Home










Hertfordshire Convalescent Home, St Leonards on Sea


The Sanatorium, Harpenden (pictured below)



Finding out about
convalescent homes


Records about convalescent homes for children are proving time and time again to be difficult to find. The first problem is identifying them as their names are often difficult to recall and as children were there often for only a relatively short time, memories about where the homes were are often hazy. The second is that records simply don’t seem to exist. Most convalescent homes were relatively independent – run by individual philanthropists, the local church or a local charity perhaps – and there was no legal requirement to archive their records and no clear path for this preservation and archiving to take place. Those that were run by hospitals, for example, or the larger charities may have had better processes for this. Additionally, it is not always easy to differentiate between convalescent homes for children and those for adults. And some may have accommodated both.


Because of this theme of frustration, and because so many convalscent homes were based in south east England, we are putting together this page in the hope that it offers some clues for people in their searches. If you have anything to add, please please get in touch.






Barnardos: Home for Incurable Children, Agra Mansions, Tunbridge Wells



Batesholme Children’s Convalescent Homes, Herne Bay


Benenden Convalescent Home, Tunbridge Wells


Birds Nest & Grange House, Convalescent Home for Children, 41 Brunswick Square, Herne Bay


Boys’ Convalescence Home, 27 La Belle Alliance Square, Ramsgate  


Clevedon House Children’s Convalescent Home


Convalescent Home of the Infant Orphan Asylum, Wansted House, East Esplanade, Margate


Hawkenbury Convalescnt Home, Tunbridge Wells


Holy Cross, Ramsgate Road, Broadstairs


Kettlewell Home, Swanley, Kent – linked to St Bart’s Hospital


The Lanthorne Home for Children, Lanthorne Road, Broadstairs (1948 - 1970)


Leylam Convalescent Home, Cliftonville, Margate


Margate  Convalescent Home, Broadstairs



The Metropolitan Convalescent Home, Lanthorne Road, Broadstairs.  (1896 - 1947)


The Muller Convalescent Home for Jewish children, Lanthorne Road, Broadstairs. (see also our page on the Muller Orphanage)


North Surrey District Schools Convalescent Home, Marlborough House, Annerley, Granville Road, Broadstairs


St Anne's convalescent HomeStation Rd or St George's Terrace, Herne Bay


St David’s Home, Stone Road, Broadstairs



St Mary’s Convalescent Home, Stone Road, Broadstairs (1887 - 1983) (pictured below)



St Peter’s Orphan and Convalescent Home, Broadstairs


Staplehurst Convalescent Home, Cranbrook


Victoria Hospital Convalescent Home, Broadstairs 


Victoria Hospital Convalescent Home, Margate


Warburton House, Clintonville


Yarrow Convalescent Home, Ramsgate Road, Broadstairs




Bradford Cinderella Holiday Home, Lancaster


Ormerod Convalescent Home, St Anne's on Sea (Lytham St Anne's)





Woodhouseves,  near Swithland Woods




Leicester Children's Holiday Home, Mablethorpe




Children's Convalescent Home, Norbiton (150 children, 19th century)


Children's Convalescent Home, Cromwell House, Highgate (19th century)


Convalescent Home for Children, Shrewsbury Lane, Shooters Hill  


Duchess Of Kent Children's Rest Convalescent Home Twickenham


The Grange Convalescent Home, Harold Wood


Hospital for Sick Children’s convalescent home, Cromwell House, Highgate

Metropolitan Children's Convalescent Home, Kingston upon Thames 


Mrs Hampson's Memorial Home, Tollington Park


Winifred House Invalid Children's Convalescent Home, Barnet (1886 – 1972)





Railway Convalescent Home, Leasowe (took in children as well as adults)

West Kirby Convalescent Home, Wirral (pictured below)




We have been sent a remarkable document from Patrick. Dated 24th October 1947, it is a letter informing his mother that he is to be moved from Hospital to Victoria Convalescent Home in Broadstairs.


London County Council
The County Hall
Westminster Bridge SE1


24th October 1947


Dear Sir/Madam


Will you kindly note that it is proposed to transfer Patrick N from Evelina Hospital for Children to Victoria Convalescent Home, Broadstairs on Thursday 30th October.


All necessary arrangements will be made by the Council.


It should be understood that your child is not being sent away for any definite period. The duration of treatment will be determined by the Council after consideration of progress reports by the Medical Superintendent.


It is hoped that you will agree to this arrangement.


Treatment is provided free of charge but voluntary contributions will be accepted from those who feel they would like to make a payment and can afford to do so.


Yours faithfully
Allen Daley
Medical Officer of Health






Children's Convalescent Home, Hunstanton (pictured below)






Stannington Sanatorium: opened (1902)




Rotherham Children's Convalescent Home, Primrose Valley, Filey






Weston Super Mare Convalescent Home 
(pictured below)



This postcard was sent from the Suffolk Convalescent Home by Billy to a district nurse in Broomfield, maybe the nurse who was caring for him before he was sent away.

The note reads:

Dear Nurse, I am having a nice time down here and go out every day. I have seen lots of big ships. Yours faithfully, Billy












Children's 'wing' of convalescent home, Felixstowe (pictured below)





Children's Convalescent Home for Surrey, Bognor Regis (1897 – 1948) (pictured below)



Hornsea Convalescent Home for Children (1902 – 1970)


Little Folks school, Rackstraw, Camberley




Craig-y-nos TB Sanatorium, Brecon Beacons: opened 1922


Martineau House, Towyn






Evans' Convalescent Home for Children, Manor Road, Solihull


Wassell Grove, Birmingham 





Children's Convalescent Home for Surrey, Bognor Regis


Littlehampton Convalescent Home


Martineau House, Bognor Regis





Fairthorn Convalescent Home, Sheffield



Meanwood Children's Convalescent Home, Hyde Park, Leeds (pictured below)






Worcester Road, Droitwich – probably called Oaklands 

Do you have memories of being in a convalescent home?


Do you know of convalescent homes that are not listed here?




We would love to hear from you.

This children's convalescent homes directory is a new venture, and sadly there are some counties I as yet don't have any information about. If you know of homes that are not listed, or are looking for infomation about homes in a particular county, please let me know. Thank you.


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