Real stories about real people

in real children's homes


Inside the gates of
children's cottage homes

ISBN 978-1-903210-25-3


Up to 15,000 children were in cottage homes in England and Wales at any one time, and some of the buildings housed children right up to the 1980s. Yet they have been largely forgotten. Until now.


Based on the memories of people
taken into the Homes as children, this book tells
the lost story of what it was like to live in cottage homes.


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How to research childhoods spent in former children's homes, 

orphanages, cottage homes and other children's institutions  
ISBN 978-1-903210-29-1 


 If you are trying to find information about

 a relative or distant ancestor who spent time in any form of children's home or orphanage, this is the essential guide to where to look for records and how to access them.


Includes useful sources, glossary, hints and tips and more.


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Victorian orphanages


The Victorian era and early twentieth century saw a phenomenal rise in the number of orphanages for children in England.  This remarkable period of philanthropy arose from religious leaders and businessmen wanting to do something to help children living on the streets or in workhouses—but was it always a positive move?


This illustrated short history runs through the story of the orphanages and tells what life was like for the children who lived in them. Revealed is an unexpected legacy of the orphanage era which still plays in social welfare in the twenty-first century.


ISBN 978-1-903210-26-0

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for this mini-encyclopedia of orphanages

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The Children of the Homes:

 a century of Erdington Cottage Homes
ISBN: 978-1-903210-28-4


The story of Erdington Cottage Homes, one of the largest and longest-lasting children's homes in the UK, told in the words of the people who spent all or part of their childhoods there.

A moving and inspirational collection of memories and a detailed history of this institution from its beginnings as part of the workhouse right through to the late twentieth century.


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Boy 31:

Reminiscences of

Mason's Orphanage, Birmingham

ISBN 978 0 9931432 2 9


One boy's memories of his time in this Victorian orphanage while World War Two was raging overhead. 

A personal and detailed story of being Boy 31.
Fully illustrated.

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Deeds of Love: The story of 

Mason's Orphanage in Birmingham 
  ISBN: 978-1-903210-24-6


This orphanage was started by the industrialist, Sir Josiah Mason, as an act of charity. The enormous building was demolished in the 1960s leaving virtually no trace of the hundreds of children who once lived there.


This history is based on extensive research of original documents, previously unpublished photographs and memories from people who spent their childhoods there.


This books identifies, for the first time, the children who were buried in the grounds and who have since been cremated with Sir Josiah Mason and his wife.

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Family Fragments:
A childhood spent in care

ISBN: 978 0 993143 20 5



Joan knew very little about her childhood. She had few

memories of her mother, none of her father

and she had no idea why she had spent her

childhood in care. Without even a birth certificate

to go on, her son set about trying to find some answers

for hs mother. He uncovered a fragmented family

and a history which included time at both

Marston Green and Erdington Cottage Homes.

Includes previously unpublished photos of Marston Green


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The Homes on the Hill:

  the story of Cosham Cottage Homes, Portsmouth


 A comprehensive history of Cosham Cottage Homes

 based on the memories of people who lived there as children and contemporary news reports. Includes never-seen-

before photos. A genuinely fascinating story.


  ISBN: 978-1-903210-22-2

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The Cottage Homes, Moor Street, Kirkham


Memories and reminiscences of former residents
of the Fylde Union Cottage Homes in Kirkham.


Sadly, we have now run out of copies of this book and are not able to reprint in the current health crisis. However, we are happy too send a booklet-style photocopy.

We ask for a £5 donation +P&P to cover our costs.


ISBN: 1898062172



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