Responding to comment from Yvonne Dawkins below, this would have been Wormley Hill House, Wormley, Broxbourne
I was in a childrens home in Hastings mid 1950's. I just remember a big double fronted house up a hill. Does it ring any bells with anyone? They took me to a barbers & had my long plaits cut off l remember being upset at my short hair. The school l went to was a walking distance (as everything was in 1950's) but l recall old red brick. Can anyone give a a clue as to where l was? Trying to lay my unhappy childhood to rest! X
Signed on 24th July, 2017 by Yvonne Dawkins
I lived at Fairlawn children’s home Allestree Derby from 69/73 . Anybody got any photographs of the house or indeed lived there and remember any staff that worked there
My name is Colin walker born in 1958 in Birmingham. I,M second youngest out of 5 only 3 of us were mixed race and 2 of English . My first time in a home was erdington cottage homes in 1959 my mother was single she did everything to bring us all up polite and caring . Although the state treated her like a leper . After having me she became really ill and us 4 children were removed from our home in b t b at the top of Irving street. We were taken to erdington cottage home. This was my first visit and I was only six months old so I do not remember a lot of this visit. But throughout the next 12 years I had 6 visits to erdington cottage aswell as below

Erdington cottage homes.
Panel ash orphanage.
The Hollies Smethwick
Foster care families a few .

This has not made me bitter as my moms biggest problems were her parents . They were of Irish descent and they told her if she kept her brown children she is dismissed from there family. They never seen there 3 brown skinned children . But my aunts would collect my white brother and sister and take them to see there grandparent occasionally. They refused to help my mom between 1954 until there death in 1981. I have lost contact with my white sister and brother since 2014 as they started to act similar to there grandparents. My brown skinned brother and sister have both passed away . My daughter has grown up in a totally loved and different environment to mine in the 1950s and 60s.
Was there an orphanage in Rhyl in 1943
“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.
Signed on 9th July, 2016 by Bob Jope”

This was the Belgrave Recovery Home in West Grove, Hersham (Walton on Thames), affiliated to the Belgrave Children’s Hospital in London.
I am looking for any information or knowledge of my grandma and a few of her siblings growing up in a catholic convent run by nuns. She was born 1935. Her mother passed in 1940 of TB and her father already passed in 1939. I heard they were sent to a scatter home in Formby area? Someone in the family said Freshfields? Her brother was separated from them with boys. My grandma and her 3 sisters stayed together for some time in the convent until some of them were old enough to leave, finally when My grandma was 16 when she left. We found records for her brother from Father Hudson's.
One story my grandma told me was : on Christmas morning the girls and boys all lined up across from each other with a Christmas tree in the middle and each girl one by one would go get a doll or something and the boys would go get a ball and they were allowed to play with it but had to put it back after for the children next year. She remembers learning and becoming fluent in saying the prayer in Latin. Someone said maybe St Joseph's? I was told they were in the Southport and Liverpool area, but then another family recalls moving to a home in Preston?
Anything helps?
Homes in around that area from 1940-1950?
How do we find records or photos or admissions into these homes?
Does anyone around that time recall a Priscilla (Phyliss) Young or Kathleen Young or Alice/Elizabeth Young.
You can email me at or reply here!
Looking for ANY information regarding the United Services Fund Children's Home, 83 Park Side, Wimbledon Common. My father and his sister were there around 1925.
Please contact
I’m looking for details and pictures of a children’s home in Westcliff on sea essex. I was there as a new born in 1969. It could be called town house but not sure?
Any information would be appreciated.
Looking for a childrens home/ orphanage in Bristol?
I was born 1968, adopted in 1969 age 6 months, mother or father possibly eastern european.. no idea!
I lived in trowbridge house around 1972 73 anyone who lived there find me on facebook
My sisters and I are looking for the home we were in. We were there in 1968- 1969. The home we think was called St Winifreds House. We have no idea where it was. I do remember it being a girls and boys home, and in the sleeping dormatory there was a big murial of Cinderella getting out of her coach. Please can anyone help us. Thank you
Hi, my name was Michael Webb for part of the time I was in care because it was my foster parents name. I'm looking for anyone who was in any of the following care homes that I was in between about 1970 and 1978
Tennyson Lodge - Harold Hill Essex

St Domonics - Godalming Surrey
Redhill assessment center - Redhill Surrey
Walden Way (Cheviots) - 3 Walden Way Hornchurch Essex
Hargrave House - Cambridge Rd Stanstead Mountfitchet Essex
Chafford School - Ramsay nr Dovercourt
This is in response to Dermot Pearson (McCormack). I remember you and Paddy (Patrick), your older brother. My name is Mark Austin (Nicholas) and I was at the Children's Home at 97 Woodcock Hill in the late 1970s. My best friend there was Owen Tulloch, and we were inseparable. I was adopted by an American family, and we moved to the United States in 1980. Hopefully you see this comment. If you remember who I am, I can be reached at this email address:
Nazareth House Children's Home Southend - Facebook Group for those who once lived there

link above - come along and say hello and maybe meet some others you remember! :)
I was in Selworthy childrens home and spring cottage possibly 81. 82 would love to hear from anyone who was there at that time
I was placed into a children’s home in Richmond around 1980-1985 run by Catholic nuns. I must have been about 5 years old. I’m a twin we were both there Mike and Greg I can’t remember the name but we all went to Church on Sundays and one of the workers was called Helen. There was a huge garden and piano room. That’s all I remember
HADRESHAM OR SCATHEBURY children’s homes in HOLBROOK LANE, CHISELHURST KENT. These were 2 large white fronted houses at the end of the lane. I was placed here in the 1960’s with my sister for a couple of years. The 2 women running the home were MISS HEWITT &/ MiSS BAKER. If anyone has any recollections about these county council run homes or any photos I would very much appreciate a response.
Looking for anyone at Northwood children's home, South norwood, especially Mathew Woodgate, there mid 80's, can't find anything out, home seems to have vanished,
Signed Jason songhurst
Hiya looking for anyone who was at mattock lane Ealing care home in the 60s-70s , if you was there or have any information please email me thank you
I have found out that I was born in 1952 at New End Hospital, Hampstead, London while my mother was a resident of Loreto House, 17 Pembridge Villas, Kensington, London. This is all I know apart from her name Julia Collins. Anybody who has any additional information, I would be very grateful.
hi , i was located at sunnyside fenswood Rd long ashton between 75- 79 . My name is Paul. Lots people friends i still think about how they are if ok. Many memories there some good times sometimes bad . Any how if someone reads this sees it Remember me welcome to contact me . Contact details
I’m looking for people who was in care in the 1980s, in Wiltshire.
Starfield Assessment Centre, Trowbridge.
Riverside Assessment Centre, Salisbury.
Mr & Mrs Swindells, Swindon. (Fosterparents)
Red Gables, Purton, nr Swindon.
Kingsmoor Childrens Home, Box, Wiltshire.
I would to hear any experiences you encountered whilst in care, good or bad! I went to all those homes above from 1979-1984.

Hi i am asking for my friend Simon who went to the paddocks children's home in 1991-1992 and he had a best friend called Jessica who went to sea house at ruffly the same time he didn't know her last name and has been trying to find her for years now if you could help me in any way I would be so grateful x
I’m looking for a mother and baby home. 1965
In littlehampton. I think it’s in. Rustington
I was born there and from what I can make out we stayed there for a bit. Missing so much info
I’m also looking for my birth father
I would any old pictures of lower wick children’s home where I lived in the 70,s
Hi, I'm looking for someone who was at Sunnyside Children's Home at Box near Bath from 1970/1972 to around 1976-1977. Her name was Janet Gough and we both went to Atworth Primary school together for a while. Janet was adopted by two people called Jan & Jen who worked at Bath Royal United hospital at the time I think. The matron of the children's home was called Mrs Phillips and I remember a couple of care staff called Janice and Angela who I believe we're sisters. Any information would be much appreciated. My email is
I was born in kenya 1968 15 may mum marjorie martha vandermerwe took me on ship to england..i ended up in a home till age of 3.then my father wilhemus jacobus killian brought me to south africa..i want to know if anyone knows my mother..and in what home i was in..i was baptized mother was born in kenya..her parents died in kitale ..i have given my husband email as my wont
I’m looking for information on a children’s home in Nottingham my Mum may have been in the 1940s she moved up to Nottingham from a home in Hertfordshire back to we think her adopted parents that had moved up to Nottingham the history is very vague.
Birth name Daphne Winifred Mussared or adopted name Daphne Joan Hart

I am looking for my sister! Mixed race! Not sure of her name now.. Maybe Camille! Was placed in a care home in the early 70's in BRADFORD Our father was Alan Saidy! She will be about 48years old now!
Hi, I am looking for anyone who was in Parkend Childrens Home, Middlesbrough Cleveland from approximately 1960 to 1971?.
During our 10 years there was Tony Naughton, The Parry Family, The Allen family, The Muntinga Family and we were the Naylor Family. House-parents were Jean and Neville Carrick (both now deceased) who had a Son John, and a daughter Janet.
If you know any of these families or people, I would love to hear from you at this address
Kindest Regards,

Jacqueline Austin (Nee Naylor)
Hello. Eastry Children’s Home 1961 - 1967
Matron Aunty Betty, superintendent Jeffrey Adams, Local Vicar Cooper (St.Mary’s)
Eastry Headmaster named appropriately ‘Mr. Fright’ we kids were hated.. remember ?

Life moves on now at end stage due to Cancer in California USA.

We shall remember- goodnight x
Looking for info on the Tavistock Villa Cottage Home in Yiewsley from around 1903 to 1913. My grandmother was in the on the 1911 census. Has anyone found any records anywhere?
hi am looking to try and find a childrens home in manchester. my sister who has sadly passed away went in to a childrens home in the early 1970s for 5 years she was in there for. it has came to lite she may have had a baby while in this home. does any one know if she would have had the child in the childrens home or would she have been moved some where else to have the baby and then back to the childrens home any information would be a great help her name was angela robinson dont know what home she was in.

Note from the editor: it is really difficult to say where she might have been when the baby was born without knowing what sort of home she was in. Is it possible to get the birth certificate of the baby which might give mum's details? Perhaps try to contact Manchester Council to see if they can help (these are the details I would usually suggest to people trying to find out information about themselves...) Write to: Information Compliance, Democratic Services Legal Team, Legal Services, PO Box 532, Town Hall, Manchester M60 2LA or email Let us know how you get on.
My father (Michael Bryan Kiney) and his brothers (Terry and John and possibly Joseph and Christopher) were taken in by the Sisters of St Vincent de Paul in Newcastle after his father abandoned them after the death of their mother (Mary Kiney, nee Connor) in 1929.The boys were about to be sent abroad as part of the child emigration programme.I have been unable to find any more information, can anyone please help?They may have lived at 58 penn street/water street
Please email me on

Note from the editor:
Have you tried writing to the Sisters? Have a look at this page for details:
I was in an adolescent home in Harrow Road, Lindon in the 1970s, around 1974. There was a documentary made about it while I was there as it was experimental in placing together young people who had been in trouble and others who had not. I am trying to track down the name of it and if possible even the documentary. Please contact me at if you know anything about this place which was at the Kensal Green end of Harrow Road. Thanks
Hello, I was in St Vincent de Pauls orphanage, Fulwood, Preston, in the 1940s. The nuns were the Sisters of Mercy. I would like to get in touch with anyone who was there at that time, who might remember me? I was there in the mid 1940s, when I was about 5yrs old. It would be great to hear from anyone who was there, thanks Danny. Please leave me a message,
My 2 brother's Jack & Clifford White were put in the Harris Orphanage round about the late 1920's & I was put in at 4 yrs old 1945,i was brought out aged 11 yrs old because I was physically abused, my name was Dorothy White. now Mathieson, can anyone out there remember me & that incident?
Hi, I was born in 1956. My parents, Sylvia & Charles Lewis fostered a baby in approx 1954/1955. His name was then, Adrian W. He was mixed race. We lived at 45 Richland Road, Liverpool 13 in my grandmothers house. Her name was Mary Fairbrother. I have a brother who is 6 months older than Adrian. His name is Neil Lewis. When I was approx 4 years old Adrian was returned to a children’s home in Liverpool. He was around 6 then. He ran away I remember and came back ‘home‘ because home with us was all he knew obviously. I think about him always, I never got satisfactory explanation from my parent as to why he went back to the home. I was told that his mother wanted him back because my mum wanted to adopt him. If anyone has any ideas.....?
Just to add amto my previous post anyone from ponteland cottage homes from 1947-1956 that knew Eleanor Graham please contact me

Im looking for anyone who might have known my nan Eleanor Graham. She was in Ponteland Cottage
Homes from about 1947 until 1956. She mentioned some of the following houses, and people. House no.8 with Mrs Jackson and Mrs Poles. Then house 3 with Mrs Hall. Dorothy Willey, Margaret Wallis, and Jean Nugent. She also mentioned that the cottages would put you up with a dig at age 15, was just wondering if anyone else experienced this. Also trying to access records any tips would be appreciated.

Thanks Bec
Hi I was in the cottage homes Portsdown Hill Portsmouth Hampshire late 50's early 60's. I can remember some names Lea Prosser who I think was Mr Prossers grandaughter. Other names I recall are John Lavery Tim Phelps Barbera Hales Ade Egerton. Any contact from these years would be welcolm many thanks Malcolm Copus. Contact
I was at Princess Mary Village Home, Addlestone from 1964 until 1967. Anyone know me?
I have read about historical abuses at homes but when I was at Dr. Garrett's home in Conway. I never experienced any of that. Not once - it was a fun time, a great time, a time to be a person in one's own right and to be told you are worth it. The staff there was great - for the first time in my life I was treated with respect and dignity. I had good food, good clothes, and was well looked after. I did not want to go home, back to a broken family. back to misery and poverty and violence. I never got hit once at Dr. Garrett's,

I never got told off at all, well I do not remember it. Oh now do - we were told off for arguing amongst our selves to be an effective football team, that was around 1979 I think. But it did not stop me from winning a trip to Conway for good behavior, where I and few boys picked up a cup for some kind of award for the home. That was great stuff - oh and we went to see Bed knobs and broomsticks at the local cinema as a treat. Of course, all dates could be jumbled up as time does have an effect, but I do know it was not in the early 70s as I would have been only 3 -5, etc.

Good times for all and I wish kids could experience that kind of love and compassion today. I do know my Mum stayed there a child, as she was sickly at times. She went in the 1940s and 1950s and was known as Elise Joan Briggs at the time.
l lived in harris children home preston 1970s-1980s the popular bolton newby road and deepdale all in bolton my name is stephen mather had 2 brothers darren mather and adrian mather all in childrens home to anybody remember me get in touch be nice to hear from you

I am looking for information regarding GARTH (possibly CARTH?) Institute in or near Dublin in 1940s, specifically or a person called Mary Collins who will have been around 8 and stayed there for about a year in 1943ish. Very vague, sorry, I am going off a handwritten note! Any help would be greatly appreciated.
My Dad and his twin brother were in the Fazakerley Cottage Homes from the mid 1930's. Just wondering if there were any photos available or class lists or records to access. They also went to Barlows Lane Jnr school so would there be any class photos at all? Their names are Alfred & Ronald Hughes.
Thank you.
I was at begbrook children's home 1979-1980 and can find no records of the home or anyone who was there at the time. It was based in Bristol and I was hoping someone, anyone knows something of the place and what happened to it. My email is
would anyone have any knowledge of Pandon Bank Refuge for Boys in Newcastle upon Tyne?
I am looking for anyone who was at Three Ways children's home during the early 60's
Please email me if you were
Thank you
I am looking for anyone who was at Three Ways children's home during the early 60's
Please email me if you were
Thank you