Doncaster Council Homes
Composite list of children's establishments run (at some time in their history) by Doncaster Council.
- 85 Shaftesbury Avenue, Woodlands, Adwick-le-Street§
- 69 Pinewood Avenue, Armthorpe§
- Ashfield House, 1 Ashfield Road, Doncaster
- Hostel for Adolescents, 1 Croasdale Gardens, Carcroft, Doncaster
- Stanley House Receiving Home, 11 (later 18) Tickhill Road, Doncaster
- Bardon House, 17 Furnival Road, Doncaster
- Howden House, 19 Furnival Road, Doncaster
- Datchelor House, 3 Ashfield Road, Doncaster
- 34 Goodison Boulevard, Cantley, Doncaster
- 56 Goodison Boulevard, Cantley, Doncaster
- 88 Ascot Avenue, Cantley, Doncaster
- Windermere House, 9 High Road, Balby, Doncaster
- Rosemead Residential Nursery, May Avenue, Balby, Doncaster
- Wyndthorpe Hall Residential Nursery, Thorne Road (now High Street), Dunsville
- 14 Morrison Drive, Rossington§
- Don View, 22 Thellusson Avenue, Scawsby
- Home for Mentally Handicapped Children, Newlands, 20 Avenue Road, Scawsby
- 167 Amersall Road, Scawthorpe†
- 41 Stonehill Rise, Scawthorpe§
- 4 Cromwell Drive, Sprotborough†
† indicates homes at some time also run by a county council.
§ 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 Doncaster Council homes may exist at:
- Doncaster Archives, King Edward Road, Balby, Doncaster DN4 0NA.
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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