Worcestershire County Council Homes
Children's establishments run at some time in their history by Worcestershire County Council.
- The Grove, 150 Stourbridge Road, Bromsgrove
- The Birches Hostel for Girls, 98 New Road, Bromsgrove
- Rigby Hall Nursery, Rigby Lane, Bromsgrove
- Bromsgrove Union / Worcestershire Council Cottage Home, The Grove, 150 Stourbridge Road, Bromsgrove*
- Community Home, 1-3 Peewit Road, Evesham
- Evesham Union / Worcestershire Council Cottage Homes, Peewit Lane/Road, Great Hampton*
- St Gilbert's School for Boys, Waresley House, Hartlebury
- Pelham Lodge, 145 Chester Road South, Kidderminster
- Shepherd House, Hanley Swan, Malvern
- Welland Remand Home, The Old Vicarage, Welland, Malvern
- Community Home, 11A Mill Lane, Pershore
- Cottage Homes, 48 Station Road, Pershore
- Heathlands Cottage, 1A Mill Lane, Pershore
- Community Home, 45 Downsell Road, Redditch
- Field View Hostel for Boys, Brickhouse Lane, Stoke Prior
- West Hill / Margaret Westwood Nursery, 107 Hagley Road, Stourbridge
- Stourbridge Union / Worcestershire Council Cottage Homes, The Mere, Norton Road, Norton, Stourbridge*
- Community Home, Daylesford, Stourport-on-Severn
- Cottage Homes, Upton-on-Severn
- Lower Wick House, Malvern Road, Worcester
* 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 Worcestershire Council homes may exist at:
- Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester, WR1 3PB.
Some records relating to council-run homes, for example inspection reports (though not resident lists etc.), are held by The National Archives (TNA). A closure period may apply to these records.
- Higginbotham, Peter Children's Homes: A History of Institutional Care for Britain s Young (2017, Pen & Sword)
- Urquhart, Gloria (2020) Nobody's Child: The True Story of Growing up in a Yorkshire Children's Home
- 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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