Pastens, Limpsfield, Surrey

Just after the Second World War, the National Children's Home (NCH) established a nursery home in a property known as Pastens on Pastens Road, near Limpsfield. The home accommodated twenty babies prior to their being adopted.

In around 1948, the NCH home at Oxted was closed and the children transferred to Pastens.

From 1951, Pastens was used for children aged from 5 to 18 having severe learning difficulties, restricted physical mobility, or behavioural problems.

In 1958, Pastens was severely damaged by a fire and was completely rebuilt

Pastens is still in operation, providing residential care for 16 local disabled children and young people, as well as offering short holidays to other disabled children living at home.


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) has an Access to Care service, which can provide their own records to individual who were adopted through the charity or who resided in one of its homes.
  • Action for Children's Genealogy Service deals with enquiries from relatives or decendants of those who were in the charity's Care.


  • 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)
  • Howard, Philip J Philip: a Strange Child (Dalkeith Publishing, 2007)
  • Philpot, Terry Action For Children (Lion, 1994)
  • Walpole, Cecil F. Golden Links (Epworth Press, 1941)