Berkshire County Council Homes
Children's establishments run by Berkshire County Council.
- 19-20 Fettiplace Road, Marcham, Abingdon
- Summerhayes, Springfield Drive, Abingdon
- Ashleigh, Kennel Ride, Ascot
- Beenham Lodge Boys' Home, Beenham
- 11 Clacy Green, Bracknell
- 17-19 Cherbury Close, Harmanswater, Bracknell
- 33 Drovers Way, Bracknell
- St Anthony's Hostel for Boys, 76 Binfield Road, Bracknell
- Easthampstead Union / Berkshire Council Cottage Home, 76 Binfield Road, Bracknell*
- Cressex Lodge Hostel for Girls, Terrace Road, Binfield, Bracknell
- 37 Park Way, Hungerford
- 136 Wessex Way, Maidenhead
- Bramerton Hostel for Girls, Bray Road, Maidenhead
- Fratons Nursery, Maidenhead Thicket, Maidenhead
- Redriff, Maidenhead
- St Edmund's, Ray Mill Road, Maidenhead
- Strathfield (or Stratfield) House, West End Road, Mortimer West End
- Laneswood Nursery, Mortimer West End
- 34-36 Kersey Crescent, Newbury
- Curridge Boys' Home, Curridge, Newbury
- York House, 50 Andover Road, Newbury
- Windsor Union / Berkshire Council Cottage Home (Boys), Albany House, Croft Corner, Old Windsor*
- Monksbarn Reception Home, 27 Cressingham Road, Reading
- 23-24 Bedford Lane, Sunninghill
- 77 Mount Road, Thatcham
- The Priory, Church lane, Thatcham
- Hazel Cottage, Wantage Road, Wallingford
- Sinodun Cottages, Wantage Road, Wallingford*
- 54 North Drive, Grove, Wantage
- Burnell House Hostel, 27 Bolton Avenue, Windsor
- Wokingham Union / Berkshire Council Cottage Home, Murray House, 30 (later 48) Oxford Road, Wokingham*
- Watson House, 109 Colemans Moor Road, Woodley
* indicates link to pages on www.workhouses.org.uk.
Surviving records for council-run children's homes are generally held in each council's own internal archives. Prior to 1991, however, when a legal requirement was introduced for councils to retain records of children leaving their care, the survival of such records is very variable. Contact details for local authorities in the UK can be found on the website of the Care Leavers Association (CLA). The CLA also provides guidance on accessing childhood care files, which are normally only open to the individuals they relate to.
Older records may sometimes be placed with the relevant county or borough record office. Many of these offices have online catalogues of their holdings and also contribute to the National Archives' Discovery database. Note that records containing personal data usually have access closed for a period of fifty years or more.
Older material relating to Berkshire Council homes may exist at:
- The Berkshire Record Office, 9 Coley Avenue, Reading, Berkshire RG1 6AF.
Some records relating to council-run homes, for example inspection reports, are held by The National Archives (TNA). Again, a closure period may apply to these records.
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