Birkenhead Council Homes
Composite list of children's establishments run (at some time in their history) by Birkenhead Council.
- Home for Adolescent Girls, 1 Renwick Close, Noctorum Estate, Birkenhead
- Family Group Home, 10 Ossett Close, Noctorum Estate, Birkenhead
- Family Group Home, 17 Tulip Avenue, Birkenhead
- Family Group Home, 22 Rudgrave Close, Noctorum Estate, Birkenhead
- Reception Home, 227 Prenton Hall Road, Prenton Hall, Birkenhead
- Family Group Home, 26 Garrick Road, Prenton Dell, Birkenhead
- Family Group Home, 33-35 Poolwood Road, Woodchurch, Birkenhead
- Family Group Home, 49 Bridle Close, Ford Estate, Upton, Birkenhead
- Family Group Home, 69 Gainsborough Road, Overchurch Estate, Upton, Birkenhead
- Birkenhead Union/Council Scattered Home, 84-86 Highfield Road, Rock Ferry, Birkenhead*
- Birkenhead/Council Union Scattered Home, 93 Westbourne Road, Birkenhead*
- Birkenhead Union/Council Scattered Home, Ashford House, Ashford Road, Birkenhead*
- Sunnyside, Knowsley Road, Rock Ferry, Birkenhead
- Birkenhead Union/Council Receiving Home, Manor Grange, 2 Egerton Road, Birkenhead*
- Overchurch, Moreton Road, Upton, Birkenhead
- Hostel for Mentally Handicapped Children, Rosclare House, Ravendale Close, Noctorum Estate, Birkenhead
- Plas Coed, 83 Dyserth Road, Rhyl
* indicates link to pages on www.workhouses.org.uk.
The involvement of local authorities in the running of children's homes dates from 1930, when they took over the running of the poor relief system previously administered by Boards of Guardians. Surviving records for council-run children's homes may be 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.
Locating local authority records has been complicated by the various local government reorganizations that have taken place in recent times, such as the abolition of the London County Council in 1965, and the major nationwide restructuring in 1974 in which many administrative areas were created, amended or eliminated.
Older records may sometimes be placed with the relevant county or borough record office. Many of these repositories 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 Birkenhead Council homes may exist at:
- Wirral Archives, Cheshire Lines Building, Canning Street, Birkenhead CH41 1ND.
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.
- Cooke, Allan Institutionalized in a Children's Home: Skellow Hall 1950-1963 — a true story of a child and children in a home (2012, Authorhouse)
- Cummings, Les Forgotten: The Heartrending Story of Life in a Children's Home
- Limbrick, Gudrun The Children of the Homes: a century of Erdington Cottage Homes
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