Stelling Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland

In 1954, the National Children's Home (NCH) relocated its Elswick House home in Newcastle to Stelling Hall at Newton, near Stocksfield, a rural setting about fourteen miles to the west of the city.

The building was divided up to accommodate five 'family groups', each under the charge of a house-mother — and NCH Sister. Space was also allocated for a library and a community hall. The children engaged in a variety of outdoor activities such as swimming and fell walking, and also helped on local farms.

Stelling Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

Stelling Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

The property is now in private residential use.


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)