Bourne Place, Tonbridge, Kent

Bourne Place, a residential school for children with special needs, was established in 1967 by the National Children's Home (NCH) in a house on Nizels Lane at Hildenborough, near Tonbridge. Initially, the school housed twenty-five children aged from 8 to 16. Extensions to the premises then increased its capacity to around a hundred.

Following the closure of the school, the property was converted to private residential use.


Note: many repositories impose a closure period of up to 100 years for records identifying individuals.

  • Action For Children (formerly the National Children's Home) can provide access to care records for people who were adopted through the charity or who resided in one of its homes. Currently this service is only available to the individuals concerned and not to the descendents of deceased former residents.


  • Bradfield, William The Life of the Reverend Thomas Bowman Stephenson (1913, Kelly)
  • Curnock, Nehemiah The Story of the Children's Home (C.H. Kelly, 1901)
  • Horner, Francis Shadow and Sun (Epworth Press, 1920)
  • Philpot, Terry Action For Children (Lion, 1994)
  • Walpole, Cecil F. Golden Links (Epworth Press, 1941)