Oldham Borough Council Homes

Children's establishments run by Oldham Borough Council.

  • Coldhurst / Thornlea, 1 Haworth Street, Oldham
  • 12 Hawthorne Crescent, Fitton Hill, Oldham
  • 14/16 Johnson Avenue, Oldham
  • 27/29 Wasdale Walk, Oldham
  • Olive Claydon Reception Home, 29 Belgrave Road, Oldham
  • Coldhurst / Linden Lea, 3 Haworth Street, Oldham
  • Oakbank, 325 Hollins Road, Oldham
  • Lyndhurst, 327 Hollins Road, Oldham
  • Crompton House Home for Boys, 57 Cowlishaw Lane, Crompton, Oldham
  • Cranford House, Vicarage Street, Oldham
  • Home for Catholic Children (mixed), Crompton House, 57 Cowlishaw Lane, Crompton, Oldham
  • Home for Boys, Mayal Street East, Oldham
  • Receiving Home, Dogford House, Low Crompton Road, Royton
  • Oldham Union/Council Receiving Home, Fir Bank Road, Royton*
  • Greenbank Residential Nursery, Fir Bank Road, Royton*

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


Surviving records for council-run children's homes are generally 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.

Older records may sometimes be placed with the relevant county or borough record office. Many of these offices 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 Oldham 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.