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Hello on researching my family tree came across a family member we knew nothing about. He is the illigetimate son of my grandmother on my father's side. We do know that he went into care in 1939 to the cottage home in Wolverhampton. My interest is where he was before this have a bit of information saying he was admitted to home number 1 from Smethwick, but where in Smethwick was there a cottage home there? Ant ideas anyone. Many thanks Teresa
Hi, I'm looking for anyone who might have any memories of my uncle Peter Marshment,I believe he was put in a children's home in the early 1930's I'd dearly love to hear from anyone with any information. Thank you
Anyone remember my mum who was House mother at the Cottage Homes - Marston Green, Birmingham in the early 1930's. Her maiden name then was Beatrice G. Gittins. When the homes closed in 1933 she moved to be House mother at a boys home in Basingstoke, together with my father who was House master. Mums married name was Craig. Many thanks maggie@thefosse.co.uk
I am trying to find out about the care homes I went to as a child.How would I do That? Also I know of one a big house in Lenzie in Scotland.. But there were other homes we went to.
Hi, Im responding to a message dated 14-12-2016 re- Violet Palmer, who was @ Kyre Park Hospital the mid' 1950s, the same sort of time i was there. Is there any contact details for her - email address , or any other contact details..Please feel free to pass on 'my' details if requested. Im sure i know of things that would be of interest to her. Kind regards Tony Pearsall.. ,
Please could you tell me if my mother was transferred here in 1936 as a baby,her name was mavis ann myers.parents mable and john henry myers ? Id be so gratefulbfor any information my mother was in orphanage till she was 12 yrs.
My name is James Mclaurin. I along side my 4 brothers where placed in Countesthorpe Cottage homes Leicestershire from 1953 to 1963. I was placed in Cottage 5 then I went to cottage no 1 when Aunt Kathleen took over from where I stayed for 7 years. I would like to hear from any other person who may have remembered my brothers as well as myself. Brothers Errol/Raymond/Gerry/myself and younger brother Derek I have photos and strong memory's of how it was like through the 50s and early 60s. jim.mclaurin@hotmail.co.uk
As a census record shows, my ancestor George Monk, lived in Oblique Cottage, St. Andrews Road, Southampton. He and his wife ran a school there with a few children. I can find no record of this on your website, does this mean that this not one of your listed homes?
I was a resident at St. Leonard's Childrens Home in Hornchurch during the late 1940s early 1950s.I am trying to piece together my personal history and am finding it difficult to complete this part. My memories of the place were not nice, however I was not subject to the abuse more recent residents suffered. In fact I think the staff were very patient with a kid who was frightend to walk down a dark dormatory at night and therefore was prone to regularly wet his bed. As I recall the lady in charge of the house I was in was called Miss Polly. If anyonehas any information or advice how I might proceed. I would be grateful. my email address is bmwalcroft@gmail.com
Whilst researching my family history I remembered an 'aunt' we had who was a close friend of my grandmother. She wasn't a relative but spent a lot of time with my family and was considered a proper aunt. Her name was Maude Cooper and we knew that she had been in service and was born in 1900. She didn't have a family of her own and lived in Cressida Road in Upper Holloway. I decided to try and trace her and found her in the 1911 census, living in the Children's Home in Nether Street, Finchley. Her actual name was Ethel Maude Cooper but she preferred to be called Maude. As I was one of six children I think she had a great time being part of our family and was always present at family events. Just though someone might be interested.
I was in orchadside children's home fentham rd erdington birmingham u .k. If any one remembers me drop me a line.
I was in Countesthorpe Cottage Homes Leicestershire from 1953 to 1964 being in cottages 5 4 2 and 1 with Aunt Kath. I had 4 brothers who also spent time in various cottages. Would love to hear from anyone
My name is David Barrett and I am 60 years old . my mother is Joan Mary Barrett (later became Joan Dorrington) Joan was put in a children's home in Shillingford as a baby 1935 and she believes Her mother Hilda Barrett went into a home herself because when my mum was 13 years old they bought Hilda to see my mum. Back in the 1980s I managed to find an address for the home Hilda was in and contacted them. They said Hilda Died 1978 (I believe).They said she was an out patient for her last four years. unfortunately after many moves I have lost the paperwork so I am working from memory. My mum now has dementia and is my only family other than my wife. I would love to find out anything I can regarding these two ladies
i was in MELPLASH at 8 Shenley fields cottage homes around 1978 / 79 . At that time John and Peggy i think surname was Smithy were the home " leaders " , although my own stay there was not long i have some fond memories of the place and have been back a few times although i never knocked at the door of my old home or kept in touch with anyone from the home i remember a few residents and staff from that time of my life and was sad to see Melplash empty and fire damaged on one of my last visits to the area before all the homes were demolished and new residential houses were built there. I wish anyone who was there there the very best Carl
Hi, I wonder if anyone remembers me? I was in Shirley Oaks Homes, Croydon, Surrey with my sister Pat. Our surname at the time was SHARP. We were in Beech House but I cannot remember the dates. It was sometime between 1951-1953 and I know we spent one Christmas there. My sister was very outgoing and would talk to anyone and made friends easily. She had blonde hair and was very forward for her age. I was the opposite, very shy and quiet and kept myself to myself until I got to know people. I had red hair and might have worn a ribbon tied in a bow on the right side of my head and I always wore long socks. I was a real tom-boy and I remember getting into trouble once because I was caught showing the other children how to get out of a locked toilet cubicle by climbing over the top of the door. I think I was about six years old at the time and my sister was nine. We had two house mothers but I cannot remember their names. Being in the home was one of the worst times of my life but the one thing I do remember, and loved, was being given a large spoonful of malt just before bedtime. There was one boy at the home whom I really liked and wanted my mum to adopt but, unfortunately, I cannot remember his name. I would be so grateful if anyone remembers me and my sister and could give me any information regarding the time stated above in this home. I have written to Lambeth Council for my records but their information does not go back as far as the 1950's. Keeping my fingers crossed someone remembers me.
hi me and my brother went to stay at a childrens home in st annes in eary 50s, all i can remember was the railway ran outside the rear wall and it was very near to the train station. love to find out more
Hello I dont know if I'm even looking in the right place my grandad passed away the beginning of the year and he told me that went from childrens home to childrens home when he was growing up the last time he talked about it he told me he was in a childrens home in North Finchley near Tally ho corner, he was a teenager at this point, he didn't know any of his family growing up and i would like to see if I can find any thing out, I hope this is the correct place to start.
Does anyone have any information regarding any staff who used to work at a privately owned home in London - address 33 Etchingham Park Road. Run by Miss Cook and Mr Bartlett in the early to mid 70s. Anything is greatly appreciated
My name is Gail Mumby and i am trying to search for details of my late mum and her brothers and sisters who all went to holmeleigh childrens home in horncastle in april 1938. My mums name is patricia stones. There was also Ruby, Sheila, George and Rodney. I believe my mum was in house 1. I would be grateful for any information no matter how small. Thank you. My email address is gailmumby66@hotmail.com
Any one out there that was staying at Kyle park sanitorium ,about 1955/56 ,I was sent here from Birmingham after having TB and stayed a year.
Hi to Jackie Taylor who is looking for John Gould. Sorry if this has come up a few times as it has been quite a few hours and have not seen my post. Anyways I am the grandson John 'Jack' Gould born in 1923 to Ann Powell father unknown, though married to Joseph Gould. i know about ballarat etc looking for his other and possibly his father story. contact on mdg073@yahoo.com.au. hope to hear from you jackie. .
i was at the cottage homes in 1959 until about 1961 i was about seven then again in 1962 to 1964 i was about 11 when i left approx my memories are a bit vague what memories i do have are not nice memories my brother Micheal was two years older than me was with me my brother was sent to Forster parents i was set back to my parents home who put me there in the first place my name at the time was David Sabin i know there is a book out about the cottage homes but at the moment i cant think of the title of the book there was a small church there i know we were made march to the church i am trying to remember the name of the church hope i have been of help daviid beale
I am trying to find the orphanage where my sister Catherine Rylance and I were admitted to in 1948 or 1949. Catherine Rylance DOB is 14/ 01/1945 and my DOB is 31/01/1947. I believe we were in the orphanage for about 6 months however none of my relations have confirmed solid information about the name of the orphanage or how long we were there for. We have only been told we were put in an orphanage after our parents separated after the end of WW2. I think the orphanage may have been in or around the Dorset area or Clacton on Sea. It would be very much appreciated if you could please assist how I can locate the orphanage. Kind regards Carol Rylance
I am wanting to locate the Hill house children's home, I think it was near Broxbourne Hertfordshire. it was in existence around the mid 70's and early 80's
L am looking for information about my mother Phyliss M. Goode. She was put in a orphanage in Abergavenny Wales in 1918. Her birth date is Aug. 16 1918. Mothers name was Ginny Gowen.Any information would be very helpful thank you.
Looking for anyone who was at the holt children's home Birstall between 1973 to 1974
I have come across a piece of paper saying simply William Waghorn Eastry Cottage Home Near Sandwich Kent... and the date 23rd September 1927... I have no idea where I got it from or who he was... if anybody has any information I would be so pleased to hear from you pamchapman777@hotmail.co.uk
I was in the Lawns children's home bush hill park Enfield approximately 1973, then Oakwood cottage children's home I believe this was chase side Enfield and Holtwhite hill children's home chase farm Enfield all 3 homes I resided I. From approximately 1973 until approximately 1975, I would be interested to hear from any former residents that were there at the same time as myself or anyone that remembers me from these homes to see how their lives have turned out and to reminis about our memories of our childhood s there .
Hi my father John Boyer Martinson was from Lincoln and was in a childrens home in the 60s, i am not sure what the name of the home was but i think it was in Lincoln it self. If any one has any details it greatly would be appreaciated. Thanks
was In childrens home in Birmingham 1980s looking lady call jane drove little green sport car. just wanted to say thank for making me and my brothers life happy when we were there.realy miss you when we lift no you where not there but did look for thank god bless you please if you could get in touch. thank playing your guitar for us made me happy
I was in a childrens home in Mill hill from 1956 -1968 it was run by catholic nuns near the ridgeway mill hill nw7, please can someone contact if you were there.
Hello all you unlucky children like my family who were unlucky to have to be put in a childrens home, not a lot of good times for us or your selfs my heart goes out to you all, I remember the bad beating we got, the bulling at school from not just teaches but school kids who knew where we from THE KIDS HOME, but I did find 3 good friends at my school TONY, IAN, ROGAR, but after 7.5yrs in this home I was moved on and parted from my older sister as they were 16yrs old and had to go out to work for a living never to be seen again and myself and bro and younger sister moved to Skegness for the next 4.5yrs me but my bro left in 3yrs time for work never to be seen again again more bulling but its a thing kids got used to but again I found friends Ian North, Mr Cussions , CAN NOT REMEMBER HIS FIRST NAME, then came my time to leave and leave my little sister behind it was hard, must of been harder for her all alone,sorry sister xxx
Looking for anyone who went to Longfords School in Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire c. 1972-4
Message for no 17 I am searching for mary teresa johnson (tess) who was in Shenley Fields the same time as yourself and wondered if you remember her. Regards Christine
i was at coombe school near a place called llanabri in wales hope there is someone out therewho was also there like to hear from them
Regarding my uncle on previous message he was in cottage home wednes field thanks teresa
Hi I wondered if anyone know what the school was called near the cottage home my uncle was here in 1939 and we would like to trace his school history. Many thanks Teresa
I have so many memories of the homes, particularly "Momma Judge", Mrs Judge and her Daughter who had Down's. There's much confusion and I'm unable to put the Jigsaw together. I really does feel like there are pieces missing. I can remember going to a "Panto" arranged by the Local Fire Department, but I couldn't tell you what the Panto was. I'd like to contact anyone who was there, at all, but especially those who were there between 1974 and 1980. Johnnie.
Both of my grandparents were in orphanages as children. I have a bible which was given to my grandmother and on the front page it says Stockwell Orphanage. It was a sturgeon home and my grandmother was placed there around 1900 to 1903 when her parents died and her grandmother became to infirm to care for her and her brother. Would there still be records and how can I access them? Their names were Annie Francis Abbott and her brother was Frederick Charles Abbott.
looking for information about phyliss maude goode born aug 16 1918 in abergavenny wales then put in orphanage where she there for many many years.
I am looking for any information about my deceased grandmother whose mother was put in the Ormeau Rd, Nazareth house. Names are Phyllis Penhale born 1935. Mothers name possibly Mar Elsie Spencer Penhale.
Does anyone have photos from Barnardos in Birmingham in the mid sixties. I am looking to replace a lost photo of someone who was in Barnardos at that time. My email is: johnnyboy7772016@outlook.com
SHirley Oaks. Responding to Jo. I have some information regarding this home in the 20's and 30's as my father was in there.
anyone remember me at the grove 1968, left for America with my dad??
Im trying to look for info on a childrens home in chelmsford I think called lionsmead around 1978,any info pls help as was tild I was there
hi, I am looking for anyone who may have passed through Marshfields mother and baby unit (southport) between may 1941 and june 1942. I am looking for my mums birth mother Kathleen Dorrington from Cleckheaton in Yorkshire and would love to hear from anyone that may have known her. many thanks
Does anyone know of a convalescent home in Walton on Thames back in the 1950's? I stayed at one but can find nothing about it.
Hi looking for anyone who was in channelview childrens home that was in lawrence weston. Staff use to be jane matthews and i think delroy was there as well. Other people were ingrid,louise and darren
My mother was admitted to a Children's Home in Lisson Grove aged two in 1924, following the death of her mother. Unfortunately she can't remember the name of the home only that one of the guardians was named Mr Sutcliffe. Does anyone have any further information? She stayed in the home until she reached the age of fourteen.
I was in the holt birstall in mid 1960,s and in the early 1970,s would like to hear from anyone there at this time...also any one who was in hemp pit hill house woodhouse eves in the late 60,s thank u I can remember some names but not sure hoe else to find people thank u