Secondhand books about children's homes



As books about children's homes can be hard to find, I thought I would make available some of those that I have collected.

All proceeds go towards maintaining this website.


Each book listed is in good condition.




Beechholme: a children's village


The story of Beechholme Children's home which was also known as Kensington & Chelsea Distrist School and aso Banstead Cottage Homes.


The book was written b Banstead History Research Group in 2010 and contains lots of photos and memories.


ISBN 978-0-9550768

£5 plus postage
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The Ghost Runner:

The tragedy of the man they couldn't stop   


 This is the true story of John Tarrant who was one of the most talented long distance runners ever seen and yet he was banned for life over a technicality. He ran despite not being allowed to and became a record-breaker. He spent part of his childhood - from 1947 - in Lamorbey Cottage Homes.



ISBN 978-1-84596-606-5

 £5 plus postage


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Workhouses of the Midlands


Peter Higginbotham's detailed history of workhouses in central England. A great reference for anyone interesting in the workhouses of the time. 



ISBN 978-07524-4488-8

£5 plus postage

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A Place for us: a study of a children's home and children who have lived there


The story of Mill Grove children's home and mission, which ran from 1899 until 1975 in Woodford in London. Written in 1976, this is a detailed history, published by the home itself, which includes a few photos.



£5 plus postage


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The stolen children - their stories


This is a very powerful collection of stories of people

who were affected by the forced separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families in Australia.


The book results from the Report of the National Enquiry

which was publishd in the late 1990s.


ISBN: 978-0-09-183689-1

£5 + postage


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