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. deborahlchiswell@gmail.com.
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 Ancestry.co 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 Ancestry.com 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 iggsy1@hotmail.com
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 iggsy1@hotmail.com
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.
I am looking for anyone that knew my mum she was born in 1939 her name was Carol Ann Howe I would be grateful for any info
She went to Edgeworth children's home
Hello this is a long shot , my Father was raised in care in surrey , the only memories he has is being in a home that had houses , a school and house for the person in charge, going by the description it might have been Banstead Cottage homes , he would have been there in the 1930s if there is anyone that knows anything or anyone that was in the home at the time I would be grateful my Father was Brian Hackett(he has given me permission to print name )
Thanks Kathy
Looking for anyone who was at fair lawns, kings croft, allestree, derby from 1984 to 1986
I am trying to find out if an Elsie May Nicholson born Solihull in1911 and the born daughter of Elizabeth Nicholson of Brierley Hill, was adopted by a family named Ball. The father Bertrand was a police officer
I cannot find any adoption as it was pre 1926'
Where could I find possible guardianship records or similar
Hi. I was in Druids Cross children's home in Woolton Liverpool from about 1968 till just before it closed about 1970. My sister and I have very fond memories of the home in particular Rene Carter & Sister Mary Gregson.

Sister Mary kept in touch with us till I was about 16. We visited her when I was about 14 in Blackburne House Lancs. At that visit she set up a screen & showed us hours of cine footage of our time in care. Until then I had only 1 tatty photo. What a joy to see those images. She has since died about 20 years ago but I'm hoping somewhere out there her cine tapes still exist. I know she had a brother in America who was a doctor & a mentally handicapped brother in Lancashire.

Maybe you can help..?.?

Would also love to hear from anyone else who was there.

Thank You.
I am an old boy of the former St George's House, Northern Police Orphanage,Otley Rd, Harrogate.
As webmaster I am always on the lookout for other St George's old boys and girls who wish to make themselves known and re-establish contact with some of their former friends - if you know anyone who went to our orphanage would you kindly ask them to get in touch with me via email: stgeorgesharrogate@gmail.com
Thank you.
Peter Taylor.
Hi I am searching for anyone who was living at St Nicholas childrens home in the middle 1950's to 1961. You can contact me at , (pbrown2054@gmail.com) or phone 01952 594488.

Please I was in kyerpark hospital with tb in the 1950my name than was Susan beare do any one remember me iif so please contact me on susanmeek1948@icloud.com thank you from susan
I am looking for two people who would of been living in a childrens home in Wallasey, I think on Union Rd off Seabank Rd, during the early 1970's if my memory serves me right. I have always thought them to be brother and sister named Debbie and Joey. Debbie was the oldest and used to wear glasses. They were my best friends for the time I was there and I often remember them and wonder how they are and where they ended up?

Please get in touch if you know of them or you are Debbie or Joey and you are reading this now.
HI iam trying to contact anbody who was in St Nicholas or St Magarets Childrens home, Kinsworthy Winchester. I and my brother George Brown lived at St Nicholas. between 1952 and 1960. These are some of the boys who were in the home the same time as my brother and me.Jan Burgess, Alan Hovind, Ronnie Smith, Richard Minter, Ian Ford, Mervin Dan, Michael Green, Earnest May, Laurence King.

Regards Peter.
Hi I am trying to trace some family history on behalf of a close friend whose mother (now deceased) was placed in care in a Family Cottage Home at Aldringham, Leiston, Suffolk in about 1954/5. Her name was Patricia Robinson and she was about 8 years old at the time and we think she remained there until she finished school. She also had a sister in care with her called Yvonne.

Any information regarding the Cottage Home itself or the above mentioned persons would be greatly appreciated....

Yours very hopefully

Robert Brathwaite email: robbrath@hotmail.com
My last message contained an incorrect email address., Here it is again.

I have been searching for the birth record of my Great Grandmother, Laura Matthews, b about 1857. The 1861 Census says she was living in Hillingdon Middlesex, living with a family called Jones as a "nurse child". Would you have any information on how I should find out more about nurse children? Thank you Lesley Wyer (Brisbane Australia)
Hi would like to know if anyone one was in Brandon home in County Durham in the 70, s as my brother Ian kell was there at around 1977 to 1979
My father just passed away.
I am looking for a lady called jill Simone Jeanie surname unknown.
She lived in a big white house in Ollerton Nottinghamshire. She took in my father and his two younger brothers. Unsure of name of house or home
Can anyone pls help.
i would like to find out where my mum was fostered throughout her childhood. she was born in 1953. her name was marjorie margaret mitchel. she was one of 10 children who were also placed in care. if anyone knows any inform please email me. vickywarren242@yahoo.co.uk
I was in hessle homes hessle, Selworthy close Bransholme hull, Coldstream close longhill, spring cottage off ings road i think hull from 1970s to me leaving when i was nearly 16 anyone remember me or the homes ive been to see most of them but have closed now the best one was hessle homes my brother was there and we met 2 brothers who became friends with my brother
hello i was in shenley field cottage homes i was there from 1958 to 1965 i was there with my 2 sisters which they was placed in another house as we could not stay together duz anybody out there remember me
Hi,hart sleep nursey,odium,Hampshire.i'm trying to trace relatives of residents of the area who fostered children out at the week-ends here in 1956-7.
hi,does any one remember lady well nursey,London in 1953-1955,would love to know more,may be photos of the place,thanks.,
braybrook house was part of the cottage homes wednesfield it was the reception /home
you were assessed here and placed into one of the other cottages it later was the last one in use till the homes closed in 1977
I am looking for infromation from anyone who remembers me or my brother, as I believe we both stayed at the cottage homes during the 40s and/or 50s. Unfortunately I do not know the exact home's name.
Fingers crossed - Tony Featherstone Email: stonearch2423@gmail.com
My husband was adopted in about 1943. He was born at St Teresa's in Salford in 1941. We think he might have been transferred to Claughton Hall before his adoption. Is there any information about this place having been used as a "STOP-GAP" for children waiting for adoption and where will records be stored? Thank You.