Harold Wood Children's Homes


Harold Wood is in Havering, London and was, in the nineteenth century under the Romford Poor Law Union. We received a plea from Michael, who was at a children's home in Harold Wood, for more information. If you can help fill in the details, please let us know. Thank you.


Harold Park children's home

According to Wikipedia, "In 1868 a wealthy Brentwood solicitor built himself a mansion to the south of the river and railway line, named Harold Court. After the owner’s bankruptcy the house served as a children’s home, then a lunatic asylum and then a sanatorium. In 1959 it became a teacher training college and has now been converted into private flats." This was in Harold Park, the north-east part of Harold Wood.



Harold Wood Hall Children's Home, Romford

This was functioning in the 1940s and 1960s - and possibly both earlier and later than this. It appears that it was run by the local or county council for some or all of this time - although we have not verified this yet.


There is a photograph of this children's home here (external site)

Photographs are available of this home from here (external site).

National Archives have some information here (external site)



The Grange Children's Convalescent Home

In 1908 a house in Harold Wood called the Grange became a children’s convalescent home. This was later to become part of Harold Wood hospital.


 If you can help with any information about any of these homes - or photos - please email. Thank you.