Forest House, Horsham, Sussex

In 1951, the National Children's Home (NCH) opened its Forest House nursery home at Winterpit Lane, Mannings Heath, Horsham. The property, a country mansion set in twelve acres of grounds, accommodated twenty babies.

Many of the babies coming to the home were subsequently placed for adoption. Those that remained lived in one of the home's three family groups each supervised by a trained nursery nurse.

The building no longer exists. The Forest Park housing development now occupies the site.


Note: many repositories impose a closure period of up to 100 years for records identifying individuals. Before travelling a long distance, always check that the records you want to consult will be available.

  • Action For Children (formerly the National Children's Home) can provide access to care records for people who were adopted through the charity or who resided in one of its homes. Currently this service is only available to the individuals concerned and not to the descendents of deceased former residents.


  • Bradfield, William The Life of the Reverend Thomas Bowman Stephenson (1913, Kelly)
  • Curnock, Nehemiah The Story of the Children's Home (C.H. Kelly, 1901)
  • Horner, Francis Shadow and Sun (Epworth Press, 1920)
  • Philpot, Terry Action For Children (Lion, 1994)
  • Walpole, Cecil F. Golden Links (Epworth Press, 1941)