Riversmead, Blackburn, Lancashire

Riversmead, a house at 94 Preston New Road, Blackburn in Lancashire was opened by the National Children's Home (NCH) in July 1942 as a hostel for refugee Jewish boys from Germany and Austria. They had previously been living at a home in Clitheroe, also run by the NCH under the name Riversmead.

The hostel is believed to have closed in 1943.

The property is now a private residence.


Note: many repositories impose a closure period of up to 100 years for records identifying individuals. Before travelling a long distance, always check that the records you want to consult will be available.

  • 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.


  • 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)