Enfield London Borough Council Homes

Children's establishments run by Enfield London Borough Council.

  • The Lawns, 24 Dryden Road, Bush Hill Park, Enfield†
  • Residential Nursery, 3/5 Bagshot Road, Bush Hill Park, Enfield†
  • Hostel for Girls, 36 Holtwhites Hill, Enfield
  • Residential Nursery, 36 Holtwhites Hill, Enfield†
  • Residential Nursery, Avenue House, 8 Bycullah Avenue, Enfield
  • Rownhams, 22 Dryden Road, Bush Hill Park, Enfield†
  • Boys' Remand Home, St Nicholas House, The Ridgeway, Enfield
  • Chequers Mead, Coopers Lane Road, Potters Bar†
  • Brownlowes, Ridgeway, Potters Bar
  • Oakwood Cottage, 105 Chase Road, Southgate

† indicates homes previously run by a county council.


Surviving records for council-run children's homes are generally 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.

Older records may sometimes be placed with the relevant county or borough record office. Many of these offices 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 Enfield Council homes may exist at:

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.