Bristol Council Homes
Children's establishments run (at some time in their history) by Bristol Council.
- Mother and Baby Home, 11 Snowdon Road, Fishponds, Bristol
- Threeways Family Group Home, 111 Capgrave Crescent, St Anne's, Bristol
- Bristol Union/Council Headquarters Homes, 11-19 Snowdon Road, Bristol*
- Bristol Union/Council Scattered Home, 114-115 Beaufort Road, St George's, Bristol*
- Bristol Union/Council Scattered Home, 1-2 Park Road, Staplehill, Bristol*
- Bristol Union/Council Scattered Home, 1-2 Teewell Hill, Staplehill, Bristol*
- Florbrow Family Group Home, 1A Landrail Walk, Stapleton, Bristol
- Channelview Family Group Home, 21 Barrowmead Drive, Lawrence Weston, Bristol
- Roselea Family Group Home, 22 Briar Way, Fishponds, Bristol
- Bristol Union/Council Scattered Home, 2-3 Churchways Crescent, Horfield, Bristol*
- The Leaze Family Group Home, 23 Romney Avnue, Lockleaze, Bristol
- Family Group Home, 23 Vowell Close, Hartcliffe, Bristol
- Bristol Union/Council Scattered Home, 2554/256 and 260/ 262 Beechwood Road, Charlton Road, Bristol*
- Highwinds Family Group Home, 33 Highridge Green, Highridge, Bristol
- Bristol Union/Council Scattered Home, 3-4 Summerhill Road, St George's, Bristol*
- Holmdean Family Group Home, 45 Bishopthorpe Road, Westbury on Trym, Bristol
- Brookside Family Group Home, 47 Westbrook Road, Brislington, Bristol
- Mercas Family Group Home, 49 John Wesley Road, St George, Bristol
- Douzaine Family Group Home, 5 Leyland Walk, Withywood, Bristol
- Uphill Hostel for Working Boys, 53 Cotham Road, Bristol
- Uphill Hostel for Working Boys, 63A Silbury Road, Ashton, Bristol
- Fieldview Family Group Home, 65 Duncombe Lane, Kingswood, Bristol
- Bristol Union/Council Scattered Home, 6-7 & 9-10 Charlton Road, Fishponds, Bristol*
- Bristol Union/Council Scattered Home, 71-73 Church Road, Horfield, Bristol*
- Cornercroft Family Group Home, 80 Standfast Road, Henbury, Bristol
- Dunvista Family Group Home, 89 Tarnock Avenue, Tynings, Bristol
- Bristol Truant Industrial School for Boys, 9 Southwell Street, Bristol
- Family Group Home, Amercombe Walk, Brislington, Bristol
- Residential Nursery, Begbrook House, Sterncourt Road, Frenchay, Bristol
- Hostel for Working Girls, Branksome, 148 Redbourne Road, Westbury on Trym, Bristol
- Hostel for Working Girls, Branksome, 17 Ashgrove Road, Bristol
- School Board Industrial School for Girls, Carlton House, Southwell Street, Kingsdown, Bristol
- Family Group Home, Channel View, 21A Barrowmead Drive, Lawrence Weston, Bristol
- The Babies' Home, Downend, Bristol
- Fieldview Family Group Home, Duncombe Lane, Speedwell, Bristol
- The Crescent School for Girls, Frenchay Road, Downend, Bristol
- Family Group Home, Grasmere Close, Southmead, Bristol
- Horfield Lodge Remand Home for Girls and Classifying Centre, Kellaway Avenue, Horfield, Bristol
- Family Group Home, Lacey Road, Stockwood, Bristol
- Vinney Green House Reception and Observation Centre, Mangotsfield, Bristol
- Bristol Day Industrial School, Temple Back, Bristol
- Bristol Union/Council Cottage Homes, The Crescent, Frenchay Road, Downend, Bristol*
- Bristol Union/Council Receiving Home, The Crescent, Frenchay Road, Downend, Bristol*
- Broome House Family Group Home, Witch Hazel Road, Hartcliffe, Bristol
- Kingswood Reformatory for Boys, Kennard Road, Kingswood
- St Joseph's School, Ashwicke Hall, Ashwicke Road, Marshfield
- Residential Nursery, Nore House, 68 Nore Road, Portishead
- Residential Nursery, Greenhill House, Timsbury
- Emergency Remand Home, 70 Longway Avneue, Whitchurch
- Lyndhurst Family Group Home, 75 Lynton Road, Bedminster
- National Nautical School, Nore Road, Portishead
* 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 Bristol Council homes may exist at:
- Bristol Record Office, 'B' Bond Warehouse, Smeaton Road, Bristol, BS1 6XN.
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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