My 1st cousins once removed, Edith Joan Vallentin, and Howard Fitzwater, both went to the Middlemore Homes in Weoley Park Road, I have since made contact with Edith Joan's son, Gordon, in Canada.. The ironic thing about it, is that did not happen until I came to live here in Turves Green, and for nearly twelve years, I lived in Weoley castle, 1999-2011, I often wonder how many times I passed that building and never knew what it was, before it was knocked should have been made a listed building...what a lost opportunity.
am trying to trace any details of Brentwoods School Southport in 1935.Are there any lists of residence at all. My Uncle married Abigail Morgan living at Brentwoods School Southport in 1935 in Wigan. Am trying to trace any details of her this is the only clue we have. Can anyone help at all .Any help would be appreciated
I have a copy of my Uncle's marriage to Abigail Morgan in 1935 in Wigan Lancashie.On it she states she is from Brentwoods School Southport .Her father was henry marriage does not state if he is deceased .Can anyone inform me of any details of this place or if she was likely to be working or livng there.Are there any kinds of list for that time that I could view and find out more information.
Anything at all would be appreciated
I was in a childrens home in Hornchurch about 1946 to1950 and I went to bush elms school but I cant find any info on them can anyone please help thankyou
I am looking for my great grandmother Clara Lillian Selenger who was put in the Roman Catholic Orphans Asylum in San Francisco when she was 15 approx. in the year 1900-1901 I don't know which home it would be but it was in San Francisco.
Thanks so much
We are looking for Marjorie and Franklin Down born we think in Derbyshire whose mother was Evelyn. Marjorie was in a Children's home for a while (3 months ?) between the years 1941 and 1946 with our step brothers, Alan, Arnold, Nevil, Reginald (Reg) and Peter.

If you know Marjorie and Franklin or any relatives we would be so pleased if you would get in touch.

With thanks Julia and Susan EMAIL:
I was at Hunters Hill 1948/49.Can't recall teachers names,but can still see their face. Left a big impression on me.
Anyone out there still alive and wants to reminisce.
Hiya my name is Nicola and I think you may be able to help me. me and my housemates are currently residing At 24 Salisbury street wa1 3as and we've all been experiencing strange goings on. We've seen a woman walk the downstairs hallway and we've heard children talking and laughing. Please could you help us find out some background information and weather any deaths or tragedies happened here. We understand it was previously st George's home for boys but this is all we know.
Look forward to hearing back from you. Any information or photographs would be greatly appreciated. Kind regards.
Please email me on
Thankyou in advance.
hello, i am looking for any information on my great uncle john gould (could have been jack), born 1923. he was born in the west bromwich area to ann marie gould (nee powell) to an unknown father. although my great grandmother was married to a joseph gould. i have some info that he was shipped to australia on the Ballarat ship on 13th April 1934 when he was just 10 years old. but i would like to know which cottage home he was in before that. thank you. jackie
I was a resident at Starfield children's home in Holt, Trowbridge between the year of 1960 - 1969. I'm trying to find any information, records, people during these years. Can anybody please help me out.
I was in Colne Cottage Cromer around 1960 for about 2 years and always wondered what happened to my friend Freddy and an older girl called Valerie. I am happy to have hear from anyone that may have been there when I was there
I'm trying to find Matthew Dorset.
The son of Mary Theresa Lee- My brother-
Long shot- Browning Street.Bermondsy SE1
Please help- He would be 49 yo.
I was adopted which led on to abuse...
I just want to find my brother.
I was in crop wood open air school 1939-41,I was 6/7yrs old.i remember the dormatry I slept in,with a lot of open doors for fresh air. The beds were in long rows, and how I used to cry with homesickness. I remember showers, sometimes cold, also going to the nurses room each morning for small glass of tomato juice for vitamin intake, but don't remember any other care for my very dry skin. I also remember queuing up at a little hut or window, to collect red blanket for a rest on a camp bed outside. I loved a tree with small lantern shaped fruits on and nature walks. The classroom where we would write a letter home and also them being censored.i also run away with 2 other girls,taking hidden food with us, bought back Gospelby night there was an air raid, and I got left in bed,on waking 2 planes were fighting overhead.
I am looking for records for my grandfather James grieves who was in this home.
I was in moorside school 1963was wondering any one remember me my house mother was Mrs Cullen was in the end cottage opposite me was Mr and Mrs Haynes
Looking for information on my late father who together with his brother and sister were placed in the cottage home at Hornchurch and went to Bush Elms Senior School. His name was Joseph Carter, Brother Edward and sister Florence the year was 1937. Any information would be wonderful.
Ref Post 37
I was in the childrens home the same time as Julie & Sonia Horne.I was there with my brother.I remember the home in Handsworth Wood Road.Mom & Dad were Mr & Mrs Beard.If I remember after of years the home moved round the corner to Church Lane.Me & my brother went to Rookery Road School, then went to Handsworth Wood Boys school.Had some good times in the home .I remember going on holiday each year..If anybody remembers me it would be nice to hear from you .
Melvin Smith.
I was in the childrens home in handsworth wood road with my brother David. We came there in the late 50s.We were there for a couple of years .I remember the home moving round the corner to 124 Church Lane..I remember Mom & Dad (Mr & Mrs Beard ).The house in church lane is still there ,I don't think it is a childrens home anymore.I remember Sonia & Julie Horne.I have very fond memories of being in the home.We went to Rookery Road school,then onto Handsworth Wood Secondery Boys .If any one else remembers me & my brother then please get in touch.We left the home in about 1967.
I am trying to solve an issue as to my great grandmothers identity in Essex/Suffolk from Australia. No mean task. I have found her parents marriage cert in Bosmere, Suffolk in 1858. I have her birth cert 1859 Broomfield/Writtle area of Chelmsford in Essex. *I have seen there is a record of her birth in the Otley Baptist records. I see her then as a 1 year old lodger in Broomfield with a totally new family who do not appear to be related in any way, as a lodger in the 1861 census, and still there in in 1871 and married in 1881. Her family on both sides are Agricultural labourers and thatchers, hardly well heeled enough to pay for her to lodge for at least 10 years or more ( or am I wrong and thatchers were in high demand and well off at that time?) I see her mother in service and living with her brother in 1861 and 71 census as a married woman but her husband nowhere in sight and then she too seems to disappear. Can anyone tell me if there was sort of arrangement through an institution which housed babies with new families if their parents were unable to care for them or would this have been a private arrangement? I noticed a little girl of the same name but 5 years old living under the same arrangement in Essex area (not a sibling - different parents but of the same profession) and I wonder what was going on. Can anyone help me and steer me on where to look.
May thanks
Julie in Oz
I am looking for anyone who was at rosehill or the holt about 1948 to 1954
look for grayham papson ,my brother are mum was valerie papson born 1940 in birmingham.had grayham in portmouth in 1961 at st marys.i the above charlotte was born 17/10/1964 in plymouth freedom field hospitel.mum spent time in a hospitel in ivybridge plymouth.therefor we were adopted/foster.if this is you or you know of his were abouts please contact me asap thank you. we need to find him his sister is very ill
hi me and my brother were in torpenhow open air school around 1958 59 if any one can remember being there the same time please email me thanks dennis and alex souter
Hi I am researching into my mother's past she was put into a Shaftsbury Girls home which I think would have been the Sudbury Hall Home for Girls in Wembley Middlesex. She was born in 1913 and I am not sure when she would have entered the school. but would have been there before 1918. When she left she went "into service" in a large country house.- late 1920's. Her name was Irene May Morphett, I would love to know more about this home, unfortunately I have to wait for the release of the 1921 census for more info.
I am trying to find the orphanage where my father and two brothers, (all now deceased), may have lived from 1920. The boys grew up in Portsea, and I believe they were put in a home when their mother died in 1920. Their father died in 1918, and he had been employed in the Portsmouth dockyards.

My father would have been 6 in 1920. I was told that he and his younger brothers, (twins) were put in a home by an uncle who was in the Navy. My father's surname was PETTY.

If anyone has information on possible orphanages in the area, I would be most grateful.

Thank you.

Elizabeth Parry-Williams
I am trying trace anyone who was in wellington cottage at Hornchurch childrens home
I am looking for anyone who was in wellington cottage at Hornchurch childrens home
I'm not sure of the place I was in for some time in the 60's. It was in California somewhere. It was a very sad place. My 5 siblings and I were there for awhile. We were all separated with my twin sister & brother in the room with the babies and all the rest of us in separate places. We were all under 7 years old. I was in a room with lines of beds on each side and we had a small playground with a big fence around it. I remember watching "free" children playing outside the fence and crying because I wanted out. I never had shoes, only socks and the only time I could see any of my siblings is if I could get a glimpse of them during mealtime in the cafeteria. We were not allowed to talk. I tried to ask my brother who is 1 1/2 yrs older than me what he remembered but it upset him and he just said that he was very, very sick during that time.
Hi there I'm looking for a couple of brothers who were at shelleys children's home burgess hill in the middle 70s, I think they as they got older moved to the Crawley are and opened up a shop in the 80s any news would be great I would just like to know how they are.
Hi, hoping someone out there can help. Looking for the family of Susannah (Susie) Griffiths - my Great Grandmothers (Rachel) twin. Both born in 1910 in Porth, their Mother sadly died when they were twelve and for whatever reason they were sent to Llanwit-Varde (Church Village) Cottage Home. They were then both separated and sent into service - Susannah to London and My Rachel to Plymouth. She spoke about her a lot but sadly they never saw one another again. We would like to know what happened to her and hope she had as good a life as Gran.
I am trying to trace my mother's family tree and would be grateful if there is anyone who remembers her. My mother's name was Marion Sylvia Desmond and she was in Styal Cottage Home somewhere between 1940 & 1950 and would have been around 9 years old. My mum had a brother called Roy, her dad was called Bruce and her mother called Vera. Thank you Julie
Hi, I am trying to locate my husbands two cousins Gloria D Powell born 1941 and her sister Patricia A Powell born 1943, their mothers name Ivy L Powell nee Kempster, father Robert D Powell.
My husband and his cousins were taken into care in 1943, my husband was taken to Downend Baby Home at Downend Bristol, I have tried without success, there are no family members alive to tap into for information.
If anyone can help locate these females we would be very grateful.

thank you
Trying to locate a Rebecca Cooney or relatives who was at Nazareth house in Highgate London early 1950's, I think she might have also lived around Finchley.

I am researching my adult children's father and my ex husbands family tree. His mother....according to family stories was in care when she was a child, I have drawn a blank on which appears so far to confirm stories that his mother was illegitimate. Her birth certificate has dob as 1926, her mothers name is quite common in the south west, no father. so I am have drawn a blank to go back another generation. I am wondering if anyone can give me some tips on how I can best research children in care from that era in Bristol. I have no idea of the name of the home so I am pretty much stuck now. I hope this is not an inappropriate post for this site and thank you in advance for reading this.
Hi,i know my mother spent most of her childhood in an orphanage in Scotland but i dont know which one,Robina Renwick Rafferty d.o.b 2-8-28, her sister Elizabeth Renwick Rafferty d.o.b 20-3-27 Renwick was their mothers maiden name seems common in Scotland to do this,she died in December 1930 when the girls were 2 and 3yrs,father was William Telford Rafferty not sure what age they went in but i think they came out around 13yrs to live with an aunt,they were born in Edinburgh but my mum spoke of Perth quite alot ,i think they were Roman Catholic.
would be grateful of any info or tips on my search.
I was in a children's home in 1950 with my younger brother while our mother was in Pinewood sanatorium. The home was a large house in De la ware road Bexhill on sea. Braema was the name of the house. I remember the name Mumford as a lady who ran the home with someone we called Dai or something like it. I have a photo of us at a birthday party in the home with other inmates.
Braema Childrens home Bexhill.
I spent 9 months in the Holt reception home in Birstall Leicester and three years at Litchfield Hall Blackley in Manchester the good shepherd convent. looking back on the days I spent at the Holt I remember looking after the little ones their were two sets of sisters possible twins, only about 3 or 4 years old the name Mary springs to mind, all sisters were adopted and I wonder how much they remember and where they are now often think of them amongst others girls. the chapman's were in charge then, and Mr Spicer was the top social services man. I was 14 at the time and waiting to be place with someone ended up in Manchester with the nuns the year was 1968 any one remember me Rosie xxx
I have read your message about Laura Matthews. When did she marry and who were her parents?
A nurse child is normally like a foster child, being looked after by someone who is being paid. Perhaps her parents or mother had to work and had no one to care for her. There was nothing legal then, you just took your chances that your child was not cruelly treated.
I checked this Jones family Richard Jones the father was a gardener and with 9 children must have been quite poor he died in 1867 and his wife Esther died in 1870.
I tried to find out what happened to some of these children Maria Emily Jones b 1859 also died in 1870 age 11. Their youngest child Sarah Sophie Jones b 1861 was in 1871 age 9 living with her eldest brother Richard J. in Greenwich by 1881 working as a housemaid and she also died young age 26 in 1888. Richard John became a policeman and died in 1905. William Henry Jones 1840-1841, Henry Charles Jones 1844 to 1869 age 25 so died same year as father. Ann Elizabeth Jones born 1847 was sent to work as parlourmaid she married William Henry Johnson 1877 and died 1924. Louisa Jones b 1850 married to someone with surname Priest took in her brother Joseph Jones b 1856 who was born an idiot, by 1881 she had placed him in the Uxbridge workhouse and records show he was an imbecile he died in 1900. Lousia died in 1949 aged 99.
James Jones b 1853 lived next door to his brother Richard died 1917.
So by 1870 if your Laura was still with the Jones family she would have gone to another family or her own parents.
All for now
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Hi Alma
Just read your message. I found your father's birth June qtr 1917 Liverpool mother's maiden name Pearson. However not sure about his 2 younger brothers. Do you have their names? I found a Thomas Ramsey Born March qtr. 1927 in West Derby mother name Pearson and also a Robert H. Ramsey born Dec qtr. 1920 St. Giles London (Iknow West Derby is near Liverpool but not the London birth)
If you have the brother's names I can look up their deaths for you or maybe still alive.
Do you have any information about the parents marriage Ramsey to Pearson?
All for now
Does anybody remember our family we were in there for about 2yrs I've only just found this site .
All I remember that I was only 5/6 due to my mums illness and father was in the merchant navy, I'm 67 yrs old now just thinking if anyone remembers us
Colne Cottage Cromer

I was there in the 60s. I think its closed now.

My husband's mother and sister were in a home in Southampton in the late 1920's.
My husband was always led to believe it was a Seaman's orphanage as their father was a Merchant Seaman. Does anybody have an idea's of any orphanages in that area, I do know it was not Barnardo's
Hello I am trying to find out about Boys home in Shaw Street Liverpool my father John Arthur Ramsey was in there he was admitted May 2nd 1930 and left 7th January 1932. My father was 13yrs when he was admitted his home address at that time was Atheldene Road Walton.He had 2 brothers younger than him but I don't know if they were there sadly they have all past away. The home went on to be called St Vincents & Was then run by a priest if anyone has any information about the home I would be very grateful. Thank You
I was in eastry childrens home in 1977 to 1978. Would like to hear from anyone who was there at that time. I was known as ginger as well as griff. My e-mail is
I was at eastry childrens home from 1977 to 1978. I think it was thorn cottage i was in. I'd like to hear from anyone who remembers me, i was known as "ginger". I was also at spurgeons childrens home in birchington kent in the early 60's but my memories of there are very vague. If you know me please drop me a line at
I was born in November 18th 1928, mother 's name Margaret Ellen sullivan she lived at 24 palmer grove Birkenhead she was a daily domestic servant at Salisbury street Birkenhead. From my birth certificate my father is unknown, I would appreciate any information you may have regards how I spent my younger years as I have no real recognision other than I had Scarlet fever and later wento to live with a family in Mold North Wales. I would love to know what happened to my mother, so would appreciate any help or information you may have concerning me.
I am researching the Lindstrom family. Two of the children were orphaned in 1887 and sent from Scotland in 1887 to the Liverpool Seamans Orphanage.
Frederick was born in 1878 and was accepted into the orphanage in 1887. He then went to the USA in 1897.

His sister Mary Agnes in 1887 was taken to the orphanage in 1887 but as she was 13 years old the orphanage said that she was too old to stay there.
Their father was Swedish Neil Lindstrom and mother was Scottish Catherine McNaughton.

I am wondering if anyone knows where the orphanage might have sent her after refusing her entry.. Any help would be appreciated.
I am trying to find any information about my early years. I have limited information other than I was born at 24 palmer grove birkenhead on the 18th April 1928 . My mother 's name was Margaret Ellen Sullivan, she was emplyed as a daily domestic servant working at salisbury Road, Birkenhead Liverpool. From my birth certificate my father is listed as unknown. I believe I was placed in a children's home or possibly an Orphanage from an early age. I was taken in by a family living in Mold North Wales when I had contracted Scarlet fever and was recovering. This is all I know about my family, I would love to learn whether I was abandoned and if I have any more living relatives ie Mother having more children?
yes I remember well The Cottage Homes ,Mr Price from Heol Gam had a film club once a week, my main focus of interest was Susan Jones who was the daughter of the man that was in charge of the homes, I was totally in love with that beautiful girl ,she was a pupil in the year above me, and I still am.
I was a patient in 1952 . I was then about 8. I don't remember the names of any other children. I had TB.