We are grateful to Richard Talbot, author of 'the Royal Manor of Penhull' (which includes chapters on the Cottage Homes) for letting us have this photograph.


Penkhull Cottage Homes


The National Archives records that these cottage homes were also known as the St Christopher Avenue Cottage Homes.


They were opened in 1901 and initially had 12 homes. This number was nearly doubled in later years.


The homes remained in use as children's homes until the mid-1980s. The actor Neil Morrissey talked about his time in Penkhull homes (describing them as a street of children's homes) in the 1970s in a BBC programme aired in 2011.


The cottage homes buildings still stand although they have now taken on different uses.




Do you have any memories 

you would like to share of 

Penkhull Cottage Homes

or the children's homes that followed them?


We'd love to hear from you.




We were initially sent these details: A leaflet about how to access records held about you by Stoke on Trent Council can be found here. Complete the form on the pdf document and send it to:


Access to Personal Information Governance Officer

Family Support Research Unit

380 Chell Heath Road

Stoke on Trent ST6 6PD

01782 235885


HOWEVER, the links we were given are no longer functioning, Until we have managed to see what has changed, please try these contact details (as provided by the Care Leavers' Association):


David Green or Carole Steel

Access to Records Team

Safeguarding Unit

Stoke on Trent City Council

380 Chell Heath Road

Chell Heath

Stoke-on-Trent ST6 6PD

Tel no: 01782 234 313

Email: david.green@stoke.gov.uk

Link to ATR information and ATR request form



Please also see our section on Accessing Records