Northumberland County Council Homes
Composite list of children's establishments run (at some time in their history) by Northumberland County Council.
- Home for Boys, Holmlea, Victoria Road, Alnwick
- Family Group Home, Thornbrae, Alnmouth Road, Alnwick
- Alnwick Union / Northumberland Council Cottage Homes, Wagon Way Road, Alnwick*
- Family Group Home, 102 Sweethope Avenue, Ashington
- Family Group Home, 21 Reavley Avenue, Bedlington
- Family Group Home, Meadowdale, Forster Avenue, Bedlington
- Family Group Home, 13 Allensgreen, Cramlington
- Boys' Hostel, 13 Allensgreen, Cramlington
- Family Group Home, 2 Lowther Square, Cramlington
- Family Group Home, 20 Coanwood Drive, Cramlington
- Family Group Home, 65 Allerhope, Cramlington
- Family Group Home, Beaconhill, 163 Langdale Drive, Cramlington
- Family Group Home, 15 Annitsford Drive, Fordley
- Hexham Union / Northumberland Council Children's Home, Fellside, Hexham*
- Northumberland Council Children's Home, Portland Lodge, Burnside Terrace, Hexham
- Home for Older Girls, 8 Garth Twelve, Killingworth
- Ante and Post-Natal Hostel, Bowmer Bank, Morpeth
- Hill Brow, Buller's Green, Morpeth
- Morpeth Union / Northumberland Council Cottage Home (Girls), Dene View, Pottery Bank, Morpeth*
- Longhirst Hall, Longhirst, Morpeth
- North-Eastern Reformatory for Boys, Netherton (or Nedderton), Morpeth
- Morpeth Union / Northumberland Council Cottage Home (Girls), Overdale, Pottery Bank, Morpeth*
- Morpeth Union / Northumberland Council Cottage Home (Boys), Wansbeck Villa, High Stanners, Morpeth*
- Southgate Remand Home, Morpeth
- County Council Home, Louisville, 38 North Road, Ponteland
- Family Group Home, 12 Low Close, Prudhoe
- Home for Older Girls, Croft House, Edwin Grove, Wallsend
* indicates link to pages on www.workhouses.org.uk.
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 Northumberland Council homes may exist at:
- Northumberland Archives, Woodhorn, Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, Ashington, Northumberland NE63 9YF.
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.
- Cooke, Allan Institutionalized in a Children's Home: Skellow Hall 1950-1963 — a true story of a child and children in a home (2012, Authorhouse)
- Cummings, Les Forgotten: The Heartrending Story of Life in a Children's Home
- Limbrick, Gudrun The Children of the Homes: a century of Erdington Cottage Homes
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