Boughton Hall, Chester, Cheshire
Boughton Hall on Filkins Lane, Chapel Lane Chester, was opened as a Barnardo's home in 1945. In 1971, it became a mixed hostel for young people with emotional difficulties.
The location of the home is shown on the 1911 map below.
The home closed in February 1982. In November of the following year, through a partnership between Barnardo's and Cheshire County Council's social services department, the building took on a new role as an intermediate centre, developing a service for children involved in youth justice proceedings. In 1999, the Council took over sole management of the facility.
In 2008, the property was redeveloped as retirement flats. Only part of the original building now survives.
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.
- Barnardo's Family History Service deals with enquiries regarding records of individual children — various services are available costing from £25 upwards.
Making Connections — a service for those wishing to access their Barnardo's adoption records.
- Barnardo's historical administrative records are now deposited with Liverpool University's Social Welfare Archives with stringent restrictions on their access.
- The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU. File BN62/1291 — inspection reports (1948-61). [Access closed for 75 years]
- Barnardo, Syrie Louise, and Marchant, James Memoirs of the Late Dr Barnardo (Hodder & Stoughton, 1907)
- Batt, J.H. Dr. Barnardo: The Foster-Father of "Nobody's Children" (S.W. Partridge, 1904)
- Bready, J. Wesley Doctor Barnardo (Allen & Unwin, 1930)
- Rose, June For the Sake of the Children: Inside Dr. Barnardo's: 120 years of caring for children (Hodder & Stoughton, 1987)
- Wagner, Gillian Barnardo (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1979)
- The Barnardo's website.
- The Goldonian Website — memories and information from former Barnardo's children.
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