Cumberland/Cumbria County Council Homes
Composite list of children's establishments run (at some time in their history) by Cumberland/Cumbria County Council.
- Home for Boys, Englethwaite Hall, Armathwaite
- Mill House Remand Home, Millbrooke Bridge, Brunstock
- Pelham House School for Boys, North Drive, Ponsonby, Calder Bridge
- Family Group Home, 1 Meade Road, Harraby, Carlisle§
- 30 Raiselands Road, Morton, Carlisle§
- 5 Brunswick Street, Carlisle
- 54 Westrigg Road, Morton, Carlisle§
- Edmond Castle School for Boys, Garden Walk, Hayton, Wetheral, Carlisle
- Mill House Remand Home, Linstock, Carlisle
- Orton Park, Wigton Road, Carlisle
- The Grange, 12-16 Wood Street, Carlisle
- Cumberland County Industrial School for Boys, Strawberry How Road, Cockermouth
- Petworth House, Cockermouth*
- Family Group Home, 21 Huntley Avenue, Penrith
- Sandath Nursery, Fell Lane, Penrith
- Lark Hall (Girls), Scotland Road, Penrith
- Aglionby Grange, Holme Lane, Scotby
- Scotby House, Park Road, Scotby
- Geltsdale, The Plains, Wetheral
- Family Group Home, 30 Overend Road, Whitehaven
- Family Group Home, Wedgewood, 14 Hollins Close, Whitehaven
- Family Group Home, Allerdale/Leaside, Longthwaite Road, Wigton
- Family Group Home, Greenhill, Red Dial, Wigton
- Family Group Home, 71 Wastwater Avenue, Workington
- Family Group Home, 14 Lesh Lane, Barrow-in-Furness§
- Family Group Home, 15 Tyne Road, Barrow-in-Furness§
- Dunlop House Reception Home, Abbey Road, Barrow-in-Furness§
- Family Group Home, Newbarns House, Hollow Lane, Barrow-in-Furness§
- Family Group Home, Cragbank, Grange Fell Road, Grange over Sands
- Morningside, Beetham Road, Milnthorpe
* indicates link to pages on www.workhouses.org.uk.
§ indicates homes at some time also run by a borough council.
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 Cumberland/Cumbria Council homes may exist at:
- Barrow Archive and Local Studies Centre, 140 Duke Street, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria LA14 1XW.
- Carlisle Archive Centre, Lady Gillford's House, Petteril Bank Road, Carlisle CA1 3AJ.
- Kendal Archive Centre, Kendal County Offices, Kendal LA9 4RQ.
- Whitehaven Archive and Local Studies Centre, Scotch Street, Whitehaven, Cumbria CA28 7NL.
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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