I am looking for my two Brothers peter and robin Metacalfe we were in Beechholme surrey in the 1950 I was about 6 yo they left and i just stayed till i got fostered out to a family when I was 12 I now live in Australia if you can help please email
Kathleen Puskunigas/Phillips was placed in an orphanage ran by the Nuns of Nazareth in or around Liverpool in 1937. I am guessing it is Crosby. If anyone has any information it would be most helpful.
Thank fully, I was relocated from private Foster care @ 39, St. Georges Cresent, Aycliffe, Dover Kent to Eastry Childrens Home, Nr. Sandwich @ age 8.

Although the Eastry School Headmaster - Mr. 'F' was wicked and cruel to us Boys 'from up the Hill' the Childrens home / Orphanage was a blessing. Mrs Betty Harris (RIP) was like a Mother to us. jwb
Hi i'm looking for a home that my late father was in between 1931-1946 all i know about it is its name 'White Rose Boys Military School' He lived / born in Brighton so am asuming it wa somewhere in London, have tried various conetations of the title but can find no matches please can you help?
kind regards
Fazakerley Cottage Home Merceyside Liverpool Cottage # 13 to age 14 1941
House Mother: Elise Ashcroft-Taylor
Looking for anyone who was also there at this time.
I was a house mother at the cottage homes(the gardens) erdington birmingham. From 1969 to 1974 if any of my children need information or photos and I can help, I would be very willing to help if I can. My home was sunny side.
I lived in suncrest in 1975 1980 my name is Scott carpenter when I left they did me a life book with the other children in it if you was there I would like to contact you and share few words if you want to
This is a brilliant and informative website. I am trying to put together the picture of children's homes in Islington where I exposed the child abuse scandal in 1992. If anyone has any information about these homes from the 50s through to the mid 90s I would like to hear form you
Please email; l.davies@londonmet.ac.uk
I am looking for a boy, born about 1935 in the Leicester area. He was taken as a baby from his ailing mother whose maiden name was Waterfield and married name Roberts, probably by a Dr. Barnardo's person. He would be my half brother.
Fazakerley house Number 13 between the 30's and 40's.
Anyone who remembers myself and my siblings William, Henry & Edna.
I am foster child having been in southampton in former childrens homes bteween 1946 to 1952/3 I am searching for the homes I was in when My mother gave birth to me in Shirley after this she had me for a shrot time and then I went to live in children's Homes onewas Nazerth house , otehrs I am unsure I was born with the name Marie Maloney My Motehrs name was kathellen Maloney she lived in Russel street southampton. I am searching for people that knew her, and also the home/ or homes that any one might have see me there she went on to have 5 children in total.Marie Maloney ( spencer)
i i am the granddaughter of beryl ALESBURY AND I AM LOOKING FOR ANY ONE WHO WAS IN THE WOKING CHILDEN RAILWAY ORPHANAGE WITH HER AND WHO CAN SHARE WHOT IT WAS LIKE LIVING IN THE ORPHANAGE AND whot beryl was like as a child or any one who has pictures of beryl when she was at the orphanage which you can share with me thank you
Hi I was living in a children's home in Crawley Ifield, in 1971-1972 The home was called 23 Kirdford Close, It you was there at that time you can message me through my face book page please,

Kind Regards Dean
I was born on June 3rd 1944 and was adopted in March 1947. Where I was in those trhee missing years I have no idea. The name on my origional birth certificate is Hazel Paul, but `Paul` was taken off when I was adopted. I have tried everything I know to try and find someone, anyone as I have spent over 60 years with no relatives except my 3 children.

My Mothere`s name is Dorothy Burd.
Message for Sheila Graham mentioned in post 236. This is a long shot, but I am trying to trace anyone who lived, worked in Nazareth House, Yelverton in the early 1950's. I was there with my twin Antony David from 1952-1954. Antony died at 5 months. I would like to know what kind of treatment the children received there, I have no recollection of it. If you can help I would be tremendously grateful.
I was in the holt birstall in late 60,s early 70,s then moved to hemppit hill house in woodhouse eaves.. for a while id like to get in touch with anyone who was there at the same time...just be nice to no how ur lives have turned out....I can b reached at pknowles69@talktalk.net thank u my name then was Pauline stanway...
I am looking for any information at all about my grandfather Frederick John Gillott, or Gillett. I've heard he may have changed his name when he immigrated to Canada. He was born in Chiswick, England in 1896 and lived in Horton Kirby Kent, England. My goal is to learn more about his family before he was an orphan. I also know he immigrated to Canada in 1907. Please, any information at all would be helpful.
I am looking for information about my grandfather, who was born in England in 1896 and immigrated to Canada when he was a boy around 11 years old. His name was Frederick John Gillott, or Gillett. Ancestry.com says he was born in Chiswick, England and lived at Horton Kirby, Kent England. Any information at all would be helpful. He died in 1975 - the year I was born. Also his wife and my father have been deceased since I was very young.
I was sent to an Open Air Boarding School in Broadstairs, Kent, at Fairfax House, about 1957/58. I was there for about a year I believe. My best friend was June Chadwick and when my parents visited once a month from Essex in their car. I used to take June (and sometimes others too), out for the day with us in the car, as many children didn't get any visitors.
I would love to track June down to see how her life panned out. Any leads would be very much appreciated, thank you. I now live in Cheltenham, Glos.
My mother, Jean Evelyn Wilson, was at Clacton On Sea during the was with her sister Freda. She then went to a War hostel, got married to Julian Patrick (Pat) White and moved to Australia, then America. Trying to find my roots!
Nazareth House, Hammersmith. I think my mother may have spent her early childhood there. She was born in 1923, adopted in 1933 but possibly left the home around 1930. Her name was Louise Fauste. It was subsequently changed by her adoptive parents to Patricia McCabe. She had no birth certificate and possibly spoke French. I am anxious to know where she spent her formative years. She seldom spoke of them (shame) and was what we would today call 'damaged'. Any guidance would be gratefully received.
any body that was in Nelson cottage dorking in the 1960s get in touch reunion! wood be good idea.michael
Message for Sheila 261

Please do you remember a mary teresa ( tessa ) johnson who was there the same time as you. Her brothers are searching for her.

Thank you, christine
Hello, My brother and myself was placed in Pickering Children's Home in Yorkshire in 1952. Our mother had died. Mother & Father were separated at this time. Would like to know if there are any photos of the building? And if the building is still standing? Appreciate if anyone has this information would be brilliant. Thank you, Susan

My grand father, Gustav Richard Rudolph HAÁG's sister, Mary HAÁG, was shown as the next of kin on my grandfather's brother, Albert Edward HAÁG's military records. Mary's address was given as St. John's Orphanage, Ramshall?? or maybe Vauxhall? - very difficult to decipher the writing. We aren't sure of the date of this notation but it would have to be post-1974 for her to be in an orphanage.

Mary was born January 6th, 1866, at Irby Place, Boston. Her father, Theodore HAÁG, was a concert violinist and so they lived in quite few cities in England.

At age 9 in March 1874 Mary was baptized in Surrey not long before her father's death on Sept 1st 1874.

On January 15th, 1875, Mary, by then an orphan, was admitted to Great Ormond Street Hospital in LONDON with knee disease, and on April 22nd, 1875, Mary was admitted Cromwell House also in London for with a knee injury. Thus the St. John's Orphanage, Ramshall?? or maybe Vauxhall? could have been in SURREY or LONDON.

On the other hand, Mary's brother, my grandfather, Gustav Richard Rudolph HAÁG, was in St. Phillip's Orphanage on Oliver Road in Birmingham according to the 1881 census. Could the St. John's Orphanage, Ramshall?? or maybe Vauxhall? be in BIRMINGHAM?

Would appreciate very much any information about ST. JOHN'S ORPHANAGE, RAMSHALL?? or MAYBE VAUXHALL??

Thanks for this interesting website.

Marcia Cuthbert cuthbert@total.net

Hello I would like to communicate with anyone who knows anything about the Maryhill Industrial School in the 1880's.
I have been trying to trace Thomas croft from ashtree house Dewsbury we meet at a children's holiday camp in Skegness in the 70's I have never forgotten him and even though it's 40 years later I would still like to know how he is . We wrote to each other for a while after the holiday but then the letters stopped, I hope he's okay and has had a good life . Anyone who knows him can you please show him this, he might not remember me but I still have the copy of the song he wrote me sealed with a kiss x
I'm looking for any records of a Rose Mary Hills who was put into John Grooms orphanage at the age of 5 ( 1919-1920) she remained there for approx. 15 years. Her mother had died and her father was unable to look after her. She had 2 older sisters - Sarah and Henrietta (Hetty). They did not enter the orphanage as they would have been teenagers at the time.
Rose is still alive and well and hails from the East End of London. Now living in Dorset she is keen to see if there are any girls still around.
TYIA Maria
I am trying to trace Angela Perkins who was living in st Giles Childrens home in Winchester in 1958/9.
she was born 3/06/51. my mum wanted to adopt her but was told too old - later 40's although she had me at the same age as Angela. she was foster by Rosie (Irene) & Fred Blackman who had another adopted son Christopher

I would love to be in contact again
Hello. I am looking for where my Mother was raised. She was born in Cornwall. Her name is Barbara Mary Gunn Born October 1928. I was told today she was raised in a nunnery. But I don't know which one. Any information would be very welcome. Thank you.
E mail address. gillianolsen@aol.com

We have been searching for information on the birth parents of our grandmother and our great aunt. Our grandmother was Mary Agnes Archer and her sister, Rose Archer. Mary Agnes was born about 1876 in London and her sister Rose was born in 1879. Both Mary and Rose appear on the 1881 census as living at the orphanage run by the Sisters of Charity in London, England. The Sister I communicated with there states they have no record of the girls being there. They also are shown in 1882 as coming to Canada on the ship Peruvian with apparently a group of children from the Cardinal Manning party. We know the people that adopted both girls although the information is rather sketchy.
Both girls even though they were adopted by parties a distance from each other used the last name Archer in most documentation. Would very much like to know who the birth parents of the girls were and any help would be greatly appreciated.
Hi Nelson cottage dorking,I was at this place through the 1960s can I get in touch with like minded.i give my permision to be contacted michael
I was born on the 6/5/1964 at a place called the Croft in kidderminster worcs,soon after my birth I was taken into care of local authority and placed directly from the Croft into some sort of baby home/nursery in stourbridge, later in life I spent time in a place called saint Charles burns, i have only three memories of the time spent there one of some sort of medical test were I had small suction caps put all over my head after my hair being covered in gel and the vivid image of a badly burnt boy and a girl with an open facial wound infested with worms
I was In Hornchurch Cottage Homes From 1949 to 1961.First in ROSE cottage then in WELLINGTON Cottage.My fault ( in you can call it that) was being too bright. I was made to do several nephews of the Matron of Rose cottage omework.If I refused I copped a beating.I clearly remeber refusing to eat fish .The result was the meal was reheated and placed before me each breakfast ,lunch and dinner the other children were told not to sit next to me.I stil refused to eat the reheated mess so it was outside and a beating. I am 71 now with three degrees.6ft 2ins with a pulse rate of 53.I am still siezed with anger about that place.I was made deaf in my right ear because of the left handed swine who hit me .In wellington Cottage at least they would not force me to eat fish( still can't eat it now and I won't go swimming)As long as I did the home work that was put in front of me I was left alone.I passed the 11 plus and was sent to Bush Elms Grammar.My intention is to have the Home Office make money recompense for the pain and suffering I went through( I got high distinctions in criminal law ).I have stepped in when I see small children being maltreated ( middle east fathers should not use thier children as punching bags ).I miss a lot about England but it is still the place where the minute you open your mouth you put yourself in in a social class.I ran away from the Hornchurch homes to Australia.But the memories of the boys who died still haunt me.
I was in PMVH in 1969, cottage 5 I think...
I was in Summerlands, Southsea from around 1964 to 1967 Can anyone tell me what sort of home this was. It was run by the Salvation Army. I had never been in trouble with the law but was neglected and abused at home. This home was very strict and we had no freedom. My name at that time was Jacqueline Hickman.
My brother (Nigel Code) and I were at St Marist's Catholic Orphanage somewhere near Stroud, Glos for 2-3 years following WW2 from about 1945-1950. We were not orphanes but among the many 'displaced' kids following WW2. Some from separated or divorced parents or born out of wedlock or for some other reason. For us it was irrisponsible parents who worked in hotels before the war and were keen to go back to work, but what to do with the kids? Does anyone have any information at all about St Marist's, Glos, and St Vincent's Torquay, where we also spnt 2-3 years around 1950-1953.
i was at torpnhow open air school frankby wirral for 12 years and became assistant matron round about 1950 or thereabouts matron was freda downey a lovely lovwly woman addored by everyone does anyone remember me???? i used to play the piano in the playroom every evening i got married from torpenhow lots of happy memories
My 3x great grandmother was Hannah Chinn who was the matron in the 1890s not sure if anyone has any information as her son Joseph is listed as a scholar and I cannot find a father for his as Hannah is listed as single and he is listed as being born in Paris?
I was in Oak Bank, Seal in Sevenoaks, kent when I was about 7years old, my younger sister and brother were with me. This would have been in 1958/9. I have found it impossible to know why we were there and I just need to know. I had three other siblings that were not with us and my understanding is that stayed home with our parents. No one ever wanted to talk about it, I have relatives on my Fathers side who all live in Sevenoaks and they say they don't remember us being in there. I know the house is still there as I have seen it on google map. Just down the road was a school for the blind. Any info. would be much appreciated.
Hi,sometime in the the early 60's I was sent to a home ? In Devon where Nuns and laypeople worked.
My memory is vague and I don't know where or why I was sent there.
My home town was in Cheltenham Glos. from the time I was born I placed in and out of foster homes so came under Gloucestershire Social Services. I have managed to get a copy of my notes but no where dose it say about my stay in Devon. Please can any one help me or advise me, I am desperate..
I have only just discovered this useful site. I am trying to find photos of children in the Nazareth Home Pembroke Street off St Clements Oxford. At least that is where the entrance for the Children was. But there was also an entrance on the Cowley Road Oxford. I was placed in this home with my sisters Fortunately, we were not in there for long, according to my elder sisters. Though they do say we were placed in there twice. I was too young to remember. But I do remember things that happened there.
Post 373 what time frame were you in the cuntersthorpe cottages my mother was there 56/57 apparently they are now beautiful apartments
My name is David Reavill & my elder brother Ken & I were placed, by the KCC, at The Leys, Manston in, I think, 1957 when our family broke up.
My maiden name was Doyle . Me and my late brother Peter Doyle .was in the cottage homes in coopersale .epping . Between 1964 to 1968. Looking for any one who might have been there around that time.
St Margaret's National School, St Margaret's Street Rochester. Does anyone know, please when the school closed and was purchased by King's School, Rochester? I am doing research into St Margaret's Parish Workhouse which is the same building.

Grateful for any help, please.

St Margaret's National School, St Margaret's Street Rochester. Does anyone know, please when the school closed and was purchased by King's School, Rochester? I am doing research into St Margaret's Parish Workhouse which is the same building.

Grateful for any help, please.

St Margaret's National School, St Margaret's Street Rochester. Does anyone know, please when the school closed and was purchased by King's School, Rochester? I am doing research into St Margaret's Parish Workhouse which is the same building.

Grateful for any help, please.

Wallingford Cottage Homes Berkshire/Oxfordshire.
Anyone with any relatives who were boarded there in 1936 to 1944. My Mum was there at this time.
I am looking for anyone who was in Strawberry Fields in the 60's. around 1961 to 1966. I was part of the Taplin family who spent around 5 years there. There was 7 of us in the Taplin family who were there.