Bolton Council Homes

Composite list of children's establishments run (at some time in their history) by Bolton Council.

  • Family Group Home, 196/198 Newby Road, Bolton
  • 198 Deepdale Road, Bolton
  • 217 Deepdale Road, Bolton
  • Family Group Home, 26 Church Road, Bolton
  • Elizabeth Ashmore Children's Nursery, 291 Chorley New Road, Bolton
  • Braxmere Children's Home, 358 Belmont Road, Astley Bridge, Bolton
  • Family Group Home, 37/39 Stanworth Avenue, Bolton
  • Family Group Home, 50 Church Road, Bolton
  • Family Group Home, 53/55 Archer Avenue, Bolton
  • Family Group Home, 571-573 Chorley Old Road, Bolton
  • Family Group Home, 576 Darwen Road, Dunscar, Bolton
  • Burnthwaite, Burnthwaite, Old Hall Lane, Lostock, Bolton
  • Home for Boys, Crompton House, 228 Wigan Road, Bolton
  • Bolton Union/Council Hollins Cottage Homes, Plodder Lane, Farnworth, Bolton*
  • Moss Nook Observation and Assessment Centre, Radcliffe Road, Darcy Lever, Bolton
  • Bolton Union/Council Receiving Home, Townleys's House, Farnworth, Bolton*
  • Home for Working Boys, Townleys's House, Farnworth, Bolton
  • The Poplars, Withins Lane, Bolton
  • 37 Southfield Drive, Westhoughton
  • Family Group Home, 52 Washacre, Westhoughton

* indicates link to pages on
indicates homes at some time also run by a county council.


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 Bolton Council homes may exist at:

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.