Huddersfield Council Homes

Children's establishments run (at some time in their history) by Huddersfield Council.

  • Clare House Hostel, 19 Clare Hill, Huddersfield
  • Holme Lea, 1A Lidget Street, Lindley, Huddersfield
  • Church View, 1B Lidget Street, Lindley, Huddersfield
  • Oakfield Residential Nursery, 1C Lidget Street, Lindley, Huddersfield
  • Dryclough, 2 Ballater Avenue, Crosland Moor, Huddersfield
  • Huddersfield Union/Council Receiving Home, 24/32 Ramsden Street, Huddersfield*
  • Briarcourt, 28 (later 30) Occupation Road, Huddersfield
  • Hostel for Working Boys, 4 Cowersley Lane, Milnsbridge, Huddersfield
  • Reinwood, 47 Burfitts Road, Oakes, Huddersfield
  • Bradley, 6 Copthorn Gardens, Bradley, Huddersfield
  • Haigh, 76 Grosvenor Road, Dalton, Huddersfield
  • The Headlands, 8 Clare Hill, Huddersfield
  • Ash Villa, 3 Wood Lane, Huddersfield
  • Oakfield Lodge, Bryan Road, Huddersfield
  • Caldercliffe, Calder Drive, Berry Brow, Almondbury, Huddersfield
  • Home for Teenagers, Fartown Grange, 28 Spaines Road, Fartown, Huddersfield
  • Residential Nursery, Fernside, 84 Aldonley, Almondbury, Huddersfield
  • Residential Nursery / Hostel, Field Head, 1 Lidget Street, Lindley, Huddersfield
  • Springwood Hall Home, Greenhead Road, Huddersfield
  • Huddersfield Council Home, Lindley Moor, Huddersfield

* indicates link to pages on www.workhouses.org.uk.

Records

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 Huddersfield 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.

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