Rotherham Council Homes
Children's establishments run (at some time in their history) by Rotherham Council.
- 1 Treefield Crescent, Rotherham
- Westgate Home, 121 Westgate, Rotherham
- Home for Working Boys, 148 Fitzwilliam Road, Rotherham
- Fitzwilliam Home, 148-152 Fitzwilliam Road, Rotherham
- Canklow Road Home, 150 Canklow Road, Rotherham
- 17 West Close, Rotherham
- 18 Wood Road, Rotherham
- 27 Goldsmith Road, Rotherham
- Rotherham Union/Council Scattered Home, 37 St Ann's Road, Rotherham*
- Canklow Road Home, 50-52 Canklow Road, Rotherham
- 60 Studmoor Road, Rotherham
- 92 Creswick Road, Rotherham
- Central Home, Easthill, Doncaster Road, Rotherham
- Fairhurst, Clifton Crescent South, Rotherham
- Lindum House, 20 Lindum Terrace, Doncaster Road, Rotherham
- Moorgate House, Moorgate, Rotherham
- Wallhead Grange Residential Nursery, Munsbrough Lane, Rotherham
- Oaklea, 104 Clough Road, Rotherham
- Residential Nursery, Oakwood Grange, Moorgate, Rotherham
- Park Mount, Clifton Lane, Rotherham
- St Ann's, 35 St Ann's Road, Rotherham*
* 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 Rotherham Council homes may exist at:
- Rotherham Archives and Local Studies Service, Clifton Park Museum, Clifton Lane, Rotherham, S65 2AA.
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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