Sheffield Council Homes
Composite list of children's establishments run (at some time in their history) by Sheffield Council.
- Lane End House, 230 Lane End, Chapeltown†
- Rushey Meadow Home for Mentally Handicapped Children, 1 Bannerdale Road, Sheffield
- Dene Remand Home for Girls, 104 Upperthorpe, Sheffield
- Dene Hostel for Boys, 104 Upperthorpe, Sheffield
- Sheffield Union Scattered Home, 110-112 Heeley Bank Road, Sheffield*
- 12 Morland Drive, Sheffield
- Osborn House, 138 Burngreave Road, Sheffield
- Sheffield Union/Council Scattered Home, 14-16 Abbeyfield Road, Sheffield*
- Sheffield Union Scattered Home, 15-17 Manor Lane, Sheffield*
- Residential Nursery, 16 Hallamgate Road, Sheffield
- 172-174 Reney Avenue, Sheffield
- Sheffield Corporation Mother and Baby Home, 19/21 Hucklow Road, Sheffield
- Sheffield Union Scattered Home, 196-198 Heeley Bank Road, Sheffield*
- 2 North Hill Road, Sheffield
- Grove Reception Centre, 23 Broomgrove Road, Sheffield
- 23-25 Hucklow Road, Sheffield*
- Working Lads Home, 279-281 Grimesthorpe Road, Sheffield
- Strafford House Home for Mentally Handicapped Children, 300 Guildford View, Sheffield
- 33 Blackstock Road, Sheffield
- Ringinglow Home for Mentally Handicapped Children, 336 Ringinglow Road, Sheffield
- Hostel for Girls, 35 Broomgrove Road, Sheffield
- 37 Halsall Avenue, Sheffield
- 414 Halifax Road, Grenoside, Sheffield
- 45 Mather Road, Sheffield
- 46 Richmond Park Drive, Sheffield
- Richmond Reception Centre, 5 Richmond Park Close, Sheffield
- 52 Everingham Crescent, Sheffield
- Oakfield House, 6 Broomhall Road, Sheffield
- Sheffield Union/Council Scattered Home, 71-73 Scott Road, Sheffield*
- Sheffield Union/Council Scattered Home, 75-77 Duchess Road, Sheffield*
- 89-91 Beaumont Road, Sheffield
- 94 Stradbroke Drive, Sheffield
- 99 Halifax Road, Grenoside, Sheffield
- Ecclesall Bierlow Union / Sheffield Council Cottage Homes, Blackbrook Mount, Blackbrook Road, Fulwood, Sheffield*
- Moorside School, Blackbrook Road, Fulwood, Sheffield
- Nursery and Home, Chancet Wood Drive, Sheffield
- Lydgate, Cross Lane, Sheffield
- Sheffield Union/Council Receiving Home, Daisy and Fern Cottages, Smilter Lane (now Herries Road), Sheffield*
- Eastcliffe Lodge Mixed Hostel, East Bank Road, Sheffield
- Residential Nursery, Herries Road, Sheffield
- Sheffield Truant Industrial School for Boys, Hollow Meadows, Manchester Road, Sheffield
- Moss Nursery, Limb Lane, Dore, Sheffield
- Moss Remand Home for Girls, Limb Lane, Dore, Sheffield
- Ryecroft Glen, Limb Lane, Dore, Sheffield
- Thornsett/Thornseat Lodge, Mortimer Road, Higher Bradfield, Sheffield
- Barncliffe Girls' Hostel, Redmires Road, Sheffield
- Ballifield Hall, Retford Road, Sheffield
- Todwick Grange Children's Centre, Sheffield Road, Aston, Sheffield
- Remand Home for Boys, Shirecliffe House, Shirecliffe Lane, Sheffield
- Sheffield Union/Council Receiving Home, Smilter Lane (now Herries Road), Sheffield*
* indicates link to pages on www.workhouses.org.uk.
† indicates homes at some time also run by a county council.
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 Sheffield Council homes may exist at:
- Sheffield Archives, 52 Shoreham Street, Sheffield S1 4SP.
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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