Chadlington Home, Chadlington, Oxfordshire

In 1900, the National Children's Home (NCH), opened a new branch in the Oxfordshire Village of Chadlington. The home eventually occupied two separate houses, both on what is now Chapel Road, with the girls accommodated at 'College Farmhouse' and the boys at 'Ivy Dene' (now the 'Gray House'). In 1901, however, only the girls' home appears to have been in operation, housing 28 children aged from 3 to 16 and with Lydia Woolcock as Matron.

College Farm, Chadlington, 1904. Courtesy of Terry Garratt.

Ivy Dene or Gray House, Chadlington, 1904. Courtesy of Terry Garratt.

The Chadlington homes closed in 1904 following the opening of the NCH's new home, three miles away, at Chipping Norton.


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.


  • 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)