Larpool Hall, Whitby, North Riding of Yorkshire

In 1919, the National Children's Home (NCH) opened a new branch at Larpool Hall, a Georgian mansion on Larpool Lane, Whitby. The home could accommodate fifty boys up to sixteen years in age.

Former NCH Home, Larpool Hall, Whitby, 2015. © Peter Higginbotham

The home was closed in 1966 and the boys transferred to a new home in Scarborough.

The Whitby property is now a hotel.


Note: many repositories impose a closure period of up to 100 years for records identifying individuals. Before travelling a long distance, always check that the records you want to consult will be available.

  • 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)