St Andrew's Home, Blythe Road, Coleshill, Warwickshire

In 1949, a new addition was made to the Father Hudson's Homes at Coleshill. The St Andrew's Home was located at 37 Blythe Road, Coleshill, away from the main Coleshill site. Supervised by John and Anne McGlynn, St Andrew's accommodated 25 older boys, with the aim of giving them some experience of family life.

When the time came to leave St Andrew's, boys who had found work in Birmingham generally moved into the St Vincent's Home for Working Boys, located to the south of the city centre. Here they could continue to receive support as they moved towards independent adult life.

St Andrew's Home, Coleshill, 2013.

When Coleshill's St Edward's Home was closed in December 1981, the remaining boys there were transferred to St Andrew's.

In 1985, the home was converted to house ten young adults with learning difficulties.

The property was put up for sale in 2013.

Records

Note: many repositories impose a closure period of up to 100 years for records identifying individuals.

  • The Father Hudson's 'Origins' service can provide access to records relating to children whom the Society placed for adoption or who were in its care, including those who were migrated to Canada or Australia. The establishments for which the Society may hold records are:

    • Francis Way Mother and Baby Home, 124 Four Ashes Road, Bentley Heath, Knowle, Warwickshire.
    • Woodville Mother and Baby Home, 176 Raddlebarn Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham.
    • St Edward's Boys Home, Coventry Road, Coleshill.
    • St George's and St James' Cottage Homes, Coventry Road, Coleshill.
    • St Joan's and the Nursery, Coventry Road, Coleshill.
    • St Paul's, High Street, Coleshill.
    • St Andrew's, Blythe Road, Coleshill.
    • St Vincent's Working Boys Hostel, 102 Moseley Road, Birmingham.
    • Manresa Working Girls Hostel, Vernon Road, Edgbaston.

    They may also have records if the Birmingham Diocesan Rescue Society placed you with:

    • Maryvale Nursery, Old Oscott Hill, Kingstanding, Birmingham.
    • Nazareth House, Rednal, Birmingham
    • Pallotti Hall, Siddington, Nr Macclesfield
    • St Joseph's, Jesson Road, Walsall.

    To make an enquiry/application regarding records, download and complete the relevant application form from the Father Hudson's website. A charge is made for dealing with some types of enquiry.

Bibliography

  • Pinches, Sylvia M. Father Hudson and His Society: A History 1898-1998 (1998, Archdiocese of Birmingham Historical Commission)