Sunderland Council Homes

Composite list of children's establishments run (at some time in their history) by Sunderland Council.

County Durham

  • Sunderland Day Industrial School, 9 The Green, Bishopwearmouth
  • Residential Nursery, Burdon Hall, Bishopton Lane, Darlington
  • Family Group Home, 98 Avenue Vivian, Fencehouses
  • Gilpin House, Blind Lane, Houghton-le-Spring
  • Community Home, Penshaw House, Station Road, Penshaw
  • Greystones Remand Home, Church Lane, Seaham
  • Family Group Home, 12 Toronto Road, Thornley Close, Sunderland
  • Hostel for Working Boys (later Girls), 14 Esplanade West, Sunderland
  • Holmewood Independent Unit for Young Persons, 14 Esplanade West, Sunderland
  • Hostel for Working Boys, 15 Thornhill Park, Sunderland
  • Family Group Home, 17 Goodwood Road, Grindon Village, Sunderland
  • Family Group Home, 18 Revelstoke Road, Sunderland
  • Family Group Home, 2 (later 12) Godfrey Road, Grindon Village, Sunderland
  • Family Group Home, 24 Rennie Road, Sunderland
  • Parker Memorial Home, 25 Kayll Road, Sunderland
  • Hostel for Working Girls, 3 Esplanade, Sunderland
  • Family Group Home, 59 Costwold Road, Sunderland
  • Family Group Home, 7 Columbo Road, Sunderland
  • Family Group Home, 8 Anthony Road, East Herrington, Sunderland
  • Family Group Home, 9 Aston Square, Sunderland
  • Reception Hostel, Ashbrooke Tower, Alexandra Road, Sunderland
  • Children's Centre Residential Unit, Durham Road, Sunderland
  • Emsworth House Assessment Centre, Emsworth Road, Sunderland
  • Sunderland Union Receiving Home, Havelock Tower, 288 Hylton Road, Sunderland*
  • Sunderland Union/Council Cottage Homes, Highfield, 235 Hylton Road, Sunderland*
  • Carley Hill Residential Nursery, Off Viewforth Terrace, Sunderland
  • Witherwack House Individual Care Unit, Woolwich Road, Witherwack, Sunderland
  • Family Group Home, 131 Coach Road Estate, Washington
  • Thorncliffe Home for Adolescent Boys, Newcastle Road, West Boldon


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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 Sunderland 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.