Dorset County Council Homes
Children's establishments run (at some point in their history) by Dorset County Council.
- Dorset Boys' Industrial School, Milborne St Andrew, Blandford
- Battlecombe Residential Nursery, Bridport
- Home for Girls, Woodlands, 169 Lower Blandford Road, Broadstone
- Girls' Home (later Reception Centre), 12 Gloucester Road, Dorchester
- Home for Boys, 14 Gloucester Road, Dorchester
- 16 Gloucester Road, Dorchester
- Hostel for Girls, 7 Cornwall Road, Dorchester
- Maumbury House, 89 South Court Avenue, Dorchester
- Ivers, Marnhull
- Whitecombe, 3 Park Road, Parkstone
- Whitecombe, 3 Park Road, Poole
- Poole Union / Dorset Council Scattered Home, Corgrigg, Blandford Road, Broadstone, Poole*
- Home for Girls, Cullisse, 9 Parkstone Road, Poole
- Poole Union / Dorset Council Scattered Home, 'Woodlands', 169 Lower Blandford Road, Broadstone, Poole*
- Ivers, Marnhull, Sturminster Newton
- Corvesgate, Ulwell Road, Swanage
- Turnstone, Ulwell Road, Swanage
- Residential Nursery, Cacique, 307 Chickerell Road, Weymouth
- Brandon Hostel for Working Boys, Holland Road, Weymouth
- Sandesfort House, Buxton Road, Weymouth
- South Winds, Cranford Avenue, Weymouth
- Dorset Council Home, 'Stormount', Buxton Road, Wyke Regis, Weymouth
- Pippins, Hanham Road, Wimborne
* indicates link to pages on www.workhouses.org.uk.
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 Dorset Council homes may exist at:
- Dorset History Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester DT1 1RP.
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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