My four brother, Robert, Ernest, James and Thomas West were in Styal for a short time after our mother died. I think approximately 1943 to 1945. Does anyone remember them? Would like to hear of their experiences.
looking for children who where in lady marys convent home in Edinburgh I was ther in the 70s to end 70s I remember some people reggie Walton sister paula my house mother would love to here from anyone there at that time thank you
Has any one else have terrible memories of Malvern open air school,in the 50s/60s..
I wonder if anyone out there can help me...I’m trying to find information about Braemar former children’s convalescence home in De Le Ware Road, Bexhill on Sea circa 1947/1948. All I know is that it was run by a Miss Mumphie (may not be correct spelling). My mother, Irene Hazel Chesnick, as she was called then, was institutionalised there for a three month period during the above years. She suffered a lot of mental and physical abuse during her time there and lived with the scars for the rest of her life (she died 10years ago aged 64). She never found out the circumstances in which she was sent there, despite trying for many years. I am now doing some research about her life and would dearly love to be able to try to piece the fragments together on her behalf. My mother was a tortured soul who never found peace - maybe in some small way I could help to finally lay her spirit to rest with whatever information might be out there.
If by some coincidence you remember Braemar, or attended, or by some miracle remember my mother, please contact me on
Thank you.
I would like to hear from anybody who was in St Catherine's or sandrien Lodge in 1950s
i was in eastry childrens home in the late 60s and early 70s ,then was moved to the lees childrens home manston ,and then howard house maidstone ,which i left in 77 and then joined the army ,i was split from my other brother and two sisters whilst we was at the lees ,jayne parsons .terry parsons ,and paul parsons , would like to here from anybody in those homes at the same time
Please can you help:
I am looking for Raymond St Ledger/Petford born 1933 at 77 Dudley Rd Birmongham then later put in the Endington Cottage Homes, Fentham Rd Birmingham.
He was still there in 1939 as an inmate.

His Mother was Ada St Ledger/Petford/Callow born 1896

thank you
Hello, I wonder if anyone can help? I’m looking for information about a Little sisters of Nazareth home for destitute or abandoned children & the aged poor in West Derby, Liverpool. My Nana (I think) was there in 1911, her name was Margaret Hamilton Lindsay born 1903. Does anyone know where the records would be kept as Liverpool was in Lancashire then, Merseyside now. Any help advice would be great fully received. Thanks Diane
I'm looking for Anthony Barton. (Maybe Edwards). He was resident at Nazareth House, Heaton Park, Manchester during the forties and fifties. He would be in his seventies now. He's my uncle.
I'm looking for information regarding my Mother who was admitted to the Chipping Ongar Home in June 1926, aged around 8. She was apparently transferred there from Homerton Children's Home but I'm unable to find out anything about the Homerton C.H. Is anyone able to help me out please?
Also it seems her Mother was at the Hackney Central Institution , before seemingly in service in London - however I cannot find anything out about the Hackney C.I., either so any help would be much appreciated.
Mum was later discharged into service in 1932.
Many thanks, Christine
Eastry Children's Home FaceBook Page - If you were at Eastry Children's Home please feel free to join the group.
I was in a childrens home first i went to lower wick house in worcester when mr and mrs holeburn where in charge then in july 1972 i was moved to the childrens home in pershore 48 station road pershore worcestershire and i was there fr6 july 1972 to 22nd december 1979 when i left
I am trying to find out about a children's home called Brandon children's home in Durham county council.
My half brother Ian William Kell had a time there in the middle 70s.
Some one out there would hopefully know the home.
Apparently it has been knocked down and houses are built on the site x

I am writing a book about Muller's Orphanage, using stories from former residents, starting with my great grandfather! If you were there and have a story to tell please contact me: All material will be treated confidentially. Thank you! Kate
Replying to Yvonne Dawkins:

I'm afraid I can't help too much, except to say that my late father also lived in a children's home in Hastings in the 50s/60s. He described it as being on a hill, or perhaps even up in the cliffs, and that the carers were known as 'auntie' and 'uncle'. He also remembered having his hair cut (although being a boy, I think it was probably less upsetting for him!) and being taken out to buy new shoes and get ice cream. If you or anyone knows more about this place, then I would love to hear/exchange information!
With regard to the comment by Christopher Baker about the Penylan orphanage his mother mentioned
I trained at Edward Nicholl House to be an N.N.E.B. Nursery nurse with the then Church of England Childrens Society.It was situated in the Pen-Y-Lan district of Cardiff.I went there in 1958 .There are a few more details on Google.
I am looking to find any information on the Stables family who were resident at the Shotley Cottage Homes circa 1941 to 1946. Any information would be welcome. Thanks
I'm looking for any housemates at eastry children's home from 1976 to 1979 or from housemates at alderden house walmer 1979 to 1981 thanks
To Hev Dyson: I believe GREEN LODGE is now TISLEY HOUSE CARE HOME, 14 Clarence Road, Weston Super Mare
I was in SEVERAL Children’s homes of BRENT SOCIAL SERVICES Middlesex NW London during the mid 1970’s, I’m 47 now and sometimes feel guilty at the increasing reminiscing that I do but have a very strong desire to find out more about my childhood.

One of the children’s homes I was in was 80 Wembley Park drive- Aunty Freda was the main lady and I was looked after so well. She was so kind

Also 97 Woodcock hill Kenton Harrow with my brother Patrick.

I also stayed at Warleigh Manor Bathford (near bath) which was a boarding school run by Les Alderman who I remember as a lovely man hellbent on helping youngsters recover from disadvantaged childhoods.

Live laugh cry smile love

I wish somehow I could find anyone who was in any of these or knew any info that might help me piece together those early years of my life.
Life can be cruel and harsh sometimes but beautiful too

I know I’m not alone in yearning to find my past and I wish love and peace to any now grown ups who went or children who that still go through the care system today.
hi im looking to find an angela mcdonald who was in a care home with me in the 1960s,at north drive tooting bec streatham south london
i was in a council run childrens home between 1962 to 1965 at 5 north drive tooting bec south london i was hoping to contact anyone who was their about this time, some names i remember,angela mcdonald, jack joslin & his sister carol,have some good memories of this place,before this home i was in care at a church home in lewisham which was a night mare,i am 67 years old so thats about the age group.thank you
I have details of a "Private Home for Children" in Pierremont Ave, Broadstairs. It was run by a lady called Blanche Rose Penley between 1909 and 1919. It was a 10 room building with about six children, at the time of the 1911 census, 2 were males and 4 were females. Two of the children gave their birth place as Melbourne, Australia and Bombay, India.

Grateful if anyone, who knows of this place and has further details, could make contact with me as I am writing a feature and I would really welcome some help. Thank you
Hi, My name is Christina and I have been working on finding where my family went in 1910. Orville Lewis Barnett would have been 9 years old and his brother Harold would have been about 4 years old. I am trying to find documents showing where they were taken in 1910. I found a newspaper clipping stating they were taken to the Knightsville Orphans Home/ Clay County Orphans Home in Indiana. Does anyone know where I can find this information? Thanks for any help.
Christina Barnett Tolbert
i am just looking to try and find some information for my grandad. he was brought up in a childrens home in the years of 1951-1960 at a place called St Vincents De-Paul in Newcastle what was run by the Sisters of charity. i am just wondering have you got any information or know where i can find some information about this place and is the building still standing to this day, as he would love to go back and visit and show me the place he grew up.
My mother was born July 1923, named LOUISE FAUSTE. Her mother Mary McCabe had her illegitimately in a home (in France we're told) where she left the baby. Mary McCabe died 1968 in a Sisters of Nazareth home to which she left most of her estate. My mother's enduring memory was of wetting the bed and having to put the sheets over her head. Is or was there a Sister's of Nazareth catholic home in northern France? She was adopted by Mary's brother in 1933 and her name changed. Can anyone help please, with ANY info.? I've been working on this for years ...
I'm trying a long shot on contacting anybody who may have spent time at Winifred House in Barnet 1960-1961. I remember Sister Ansell and Sister North (I think) i had friends there Linda, Debbie, Edna, Philip Baskerville, Carol, the Parker twins, Raymond and Virginia, who was older than me (6) and we tried to run away together! There are many others whose names (even first names) I have forgotten.
I recall it as a happy time
We was at SHIRLY OAKS 62/65 MUSK COTTAGE,Angela,Linda,Michael,Kim Stephen.would like to hear from anybody who was there at this time,have not got much memory from this time.
I would like to get in touch with kids and staff that were at thornchase grove road merrow surrey boarding school I was there from when I was 7 till I was 13 Mr and Mrs baron ran it there was a lady called Mary and Ruth that worked there too .
Hi Anne Laurence,
I was in The Holt, Birstal, with my sister for two short periods in 1955 and 1956. For not eating my meal I would be made to stand in the large hallway facing the corner for hours on end. I worked out by twiddling my toes it prevented me from feinting.
At night I used to be taken from a large dormitory to the bedroom of the man in charge of the establishment, I can't remember his name but I have never forgotten what he did to me.
Hi, Is there anyone who went to the Gracie Fields Home in Peacehaven? It was run by Elsie Cooper and her ghastly husband, known as 'Uncle'! It would be nice to hear from anyone who was there. I was there in the early 1950's and went to school in Newhaven. I was known as Adele Shires.
Hello, my grandfather was Albert Edward Carpenter who I believe to have been born Jan 1, 1900. He came to Canada through one of the homes in 1914. I know he had a brother Thomas who lived in Kidderminister. I am hoping to find him again and find out more about my grandfather. Thank you for any assistance.
My mum is Christine Diane Townsend and she sadly had to give her baby boy up for adoption. We have a medical card dared ni 1963
She called him Anthony..
Any information would be great
Hi im looking for information on my nanna june gertrude thompson and her brother george arthur thompson they went into the pickering garth home in hull in 1953. George was 9 years old and my nanna june was 14 years old i believe my nanna came out of the home in 1957. George got adopted out not long after he went in the home in 1953. Thankyou for any help
Trying to find out about my time in care from late 1950's until 1969, and the circumstances of my being in care. I was at Moorfield reception centre in Swinton Manchester, then Oaklands children's home Lowton, Leigh, followed by 24, Hala Grove Lancaster (a family group home). From there I went to several foster parents before returning to Oaklands, then more foster parents. Preston tell me they don't have any information on my time in care. There seems to be no medical records of my time in care either.I was made a ward of court, but there doesn't seem to be any records of that either. Need help in obtaining any kind of information on my childhood both in care and before. Anyone who can help please contact me at:-
Hi im researchin my nanna june gertrude thompson born 16th june 1939 that was in the pickering garth girls home in 1953 and her brother george arthur thompson who i believe was born in 1944 im not sure though as he was adopted out of the home. My nanna was 14years old when she went in the home and my grandads sister adopted her out in 1957. She went in the home with her broter as her mother sarah anne appleton died 4th november 1953. Any help would be appreciated thankyou. Regards junes grand daughter katrina
Hi Ella - thank you for your comment about 33 Etchingham Park Road. I would be grateful to talk with you about this My friend Geraldine lived there and wants to find out more. I can put you in contact after we make contact. My email is I have emailed Peter too. If anyone else has lived at 33 Etchingham Par Road I would be grateful for an email from you. Thank you very much.
Am trying to get information about our Sister Irene Magaret Spires who was sent to Hayling island nun covent around 1948 - 1950. Covent run by Catholic nuns.We as children attended St Augutstins Catholic Church in Kliburn, as well ass attending the school also, All we know is very vauge information from our sister of her recolection of being sent to this place by our parents.The home address at this time was from memory was 37, Brondsbury Villas Kilburn.
Irenes memory of the events that sent her there are not clear, but has a memory of her stay as being one of the worst times of her life & treatment to her. Especially having her lovely long blond hair all shaved off as soon as she arrivedby the nuns.
Are there any records of the inmates attending this place & what was the reasoning behind being sent there that we could source/ review .Both our parents are deceased, & would not divulge any information to us about our sister Irene being sent there when challenged by my other sister Elaine Spires. If anyone can assit with our quest to find answers and bring closure to us all especially Irene. Would be greatful for any leads,documentation appertaining to her stay at this place, as from talking to her over many years when she was only a child this was a horrfic time of her life to be taken away from family for some time.
Arthur James Spires
Hi I was in a children's home in hessle I belive at the time i was 13 it's now a care home I'm trying to find anyone who remembers me
I was at Woodrough in Bramley from 1981-83 then The Elms in Farnham TIL 1985, would love to find anyone that was at either with me and would love to be able to read my daily notes on myself if anyone knows how to x
I believe my mother was born at the Styal hospital in1922 and moved into the cottages at age two with her siblings until she aged out. Is there any way to confirm this? I appreciate any help you can give me.
I was at Skilts Open Air School in the early 1970's and would like to know how to access my records from my time there. I would also like to contact any of the other people who were there at the same time and maybe locate some of the old photo's.
I am now living in Australia and can be contacted via email
Hi I am looking for information on North Walsham Orphanage around 1910 as I have just found out tha my granddad was sent there after his mother passed when he was 2yrs old
I am trying to find Dianne T Tailby born to Kathleen D Tailby 1947 mixed race possible black american father Leicester area, who was placed in a children's home at the age of about 2years old. Her half sister is looking for her Sue Thompson.
Turner Road Children’s home Norwich. My father Alfred Palmer was admitted into this home in 1924 and I am looking for a photograph of this home.
Thank you
My mother was placed in a Children's Home in Lisson Grove London after her mother died in the early 1920's. Does anyone have any information regarding this home? I know one of the guardians of the home was called Mr Sutcliffe.
Hi I am looking up family adoptions for 1948 at the Romford court ..the name Vioet Winifred Ware A and P Bond ( both diseased )..looking for adoption records and file ..also which Catholic Homes I was place with since birth thank you ..any help would be great ..I am coming up 77 in January ..birth number cas 203105/
Hi everyone... I have been reading your stories with interest...... my mother-in-law was in "Chase Farm School" 1922 she and her 3 sisters were placed there after the death of both parents in six months. They were all sent out to Canada in 1923 "British Home Children" I haven't found any relatives in England after years of research but I will keep looking. Their name was Blackledge and lived in Enfield. If you are a descendant looking for information on children sent to Canada from one of these homes may I suggest you research through " British Home Children Advocacy and Research" all the people that belong to this group are descendants of Home Children. When you look up details on these children it usually says that they emigrated.... they were sent from England
by agencies and most having terrible experiences... children were also sent to Australia ,America,
and New zealand. Good Luck to you all.
Well looks like there is nobody still alive who was at this home ?
Hi to Yvonne Dawkins. I think that the home you were in was called Mount Hermon in Ashburnham Road, as you say 'up a hill'. It was part of 'The Children's Aid Society'. The school was called 'Clive Vale Junior' Hope that helps!