Holmwood, Bristol, Gloucestershire

In 1943, the National Children's Home (NCH) opened a mixed home for thirty children in a house known as Holmwood on Passage Road at Westbury-on-Trym, near Bristol. In 1954, the accommodation was increased by the building of an annexe, Perkins House, in the grounds of the home.

NCH Holmwood, Bristol, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

The home continue in use into the 1970s. The property is now a nursing home.

Records

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 ED 69/533 — Nursery school (1960-64).
    File BN62/2967 — Reports of visits (1964-69).

Bibliography

  • 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)

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