The Croft, Edgbaston, Birmingham

In 1966, The Croft — a hostel for seven teenage girls — was opened by the National Children's Home at 15 Sandon Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham.

The hostel was for girls who had started work and needed a stable background but, for various reasons, were unable to live with with their parents or other relatives or be placed in ordinary lodgings. Although the hostel had a superintendent, the girls were provided with separate cooking facilities so that they could begin to move towards independent living while staying there.

A view of The Croft, Birmingham, 2013."

In recent times, the council-owned property has been used as bed-sit accommodation.


Note: many repositories impose a closure period of up to 100 years for records identifying individuals.

  • Action For Children (formerly the National Children's Home) can provide access to care records for people who were adopted through the charity or who resided in one of its homes. Currently this service is only available to the individuals concerned and not to the descendents of deceased former residents.
  • The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU.
    File BN62/2966 — Registration, with plan (1965-66).
    File BN62/2967 — Reports of visits (1966-70).


  • Bradfield, William The Life of the Reverend Thomas Bowman Stephenson (1913, Kelly)
  • Curnock, Nehemiah The Story of the Children's Home (C.H. Kelly, 1901)
  • Horner, Francis Shadow and Sun (Epworth Press, 1920)
  • Philpot, Terry Action For Children (Lion, 1994)
  • Walpole, Cecil F. Golden Links (Epworth Press, 1941)