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 BEDFORDSHIRE 

 

Luton Children's Sick and Convalescent Home

 

 BRISTOL 

 

 

 CHESHIRE 


Jews' Convalescent Home For Children, Norley, Frodsham

 

 

  CUMBRIA  

 

Rusland Hall, Cumbria

 

 

 DERBYSHIRE 


Sheffield Poor Children's Holiday Convalescent Home, Holmesfield 

 

 DEVON 

 

Broomhayes Manor Convalescent Home


Heathercomb Brake, Dartmoor – linked to Dagenham

 

Lynton Children's Convalescent Home

 

Webbery Manor Convalescent Home

 

Westward Ho! Convalescent Home

 

 DORSET 

 

Highcliffe Castle Convalescent Home, Dorset

 

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

 

 EAST RIDING  

 

Children's Convalescent Home, Hornsea

 

 EAST SUSSEX  

 

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.

 

 

 

 ESSEX 

 

Shoeburyness Sunshine Homes ( open in the  1920s)

 

Childhaven, near Brentwood

 

Greenwoods, near Stock

 

 GLOUCESTERSHIRE 

 

 

 

 GREATER MANCHESTER 

 

 

 

 HAMPSHIRE 

 

 Farnborough Convalescent Home

 

 

 HEREFORDSHIRE 

 

 

 

 HERTFORDSHIRE 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 KENT 

 

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

 

 

 LANCASHIRE 


Bradford Cinderella Holiday Home, Lancaster

 

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

 

 

 LEICESTERSHIRE 

 

Woodhouseves,  near Swithland Woods

 

 LINCOLNSHIR 

 

Leicester Children's Holiday Home, Mablethorpe

 

 

 LONDON 


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)

 

 

 

 MERSEYSIDE  


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


West Kirby Convalescent Home, Wirral (pictured below)

 

TRANSFER TO A CONVALESCENT HOME

 

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

 

 

 

 

 NORFOLK 

Children's Convalescent Home, Hunstanton (pictured below)

 

 

 

 NORTHUMBERLAND  

 

Stannington Sanatorium: opened (1902)

 

NORTH YORKSHIRE 

 

Rotherham Children's Convalescent Home, Primrose Valley, Filey

 

 NORTHAMPTONSHIRE 

 

 SOMERSET 

 

Weston Super Mare Convalescent Home 
(pictured below)

POSTCARD HOME

 

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

 

 

 SOUTH YORKSHIRE 

 

 

 

 STAFFORDSHIRE 

 

 

 SUFFOLK 

 

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

 

 

 SURREY 

 

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

 

 

Hornsea Convalescent Home for Children (1902 – 1970)

 

Little Folks school, Rackstraw, Camberley

 

 WALES 

 

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

 

Martineau House, Towyn

 

 WARWICKSHIRE 

 

 

 WEST MIDLANDS 


Evans' Convalescent Home for Children, Manor Road, Solihull

 

Wassell Grove, Birmingham 

 

 

 WEST SUSSEX 

 

Children's Convalescent Home for Surrey, Bognor Regis

 

Littlehampton Convalescent Home

 

Martineau House, Bognor Regis

 

 

 WEST YORKSHIRE 

 

Fairthorn Convalescent Home, Sheffield

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 WORCESTERSHIRE 

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.


NOT FOUND WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR?
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.
hello@formerchildrenshomes.org.uk

 

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