North Riding of Yorkshire County Council Homes
Composite list of children's establishments run (at some time in their history) by North Riding of Yorkshire County Council.
- The Close Children's Home and Residential Nursery, Northallerton Road, Brompton
- Cherry Tree House Family Group Home, 27 Clynes Road, Grangetown-on-Tees
- Guisborough Union / North Riding Council Home, 109 Bolckow Street, Guisborough*
- Residential Nursery, Guisborough
- Leadhall Grange Residential Nursery, Leadhall Drive, Harrogate
- Willow Tree House, Calf Close, Haxby
- Residential Nursery, Dale End House, Kirkbymoorside
- Beechgrove Hostel / Home, 41 Middlecave Road, Malton
- Malton Union / North Riding Council Cottage Homes, St Leonard's House, 45 Old Maltongate, Malton*
- Eston House Nursery, 236-238 High Street, Middlesbrough
- Northend, Northallerton
- Oak Mount Residential Nursery, Thirsk Road, Northallerton
- Pickering Union / North Riding Council Home, 18 Hall Garth, Pickering*
- 5 Whitby Road, Pickering
- Oak Tree House, 37 Norman Road, Richmond
- Richmond Hill School, Gallowgate, Richmond
- Scarborough Union / North Riding Council Home, 'Sunnyside', Whin Bank, 53 Stepney Road, Scarborough*
- Throxenby Hall, Throxenby Lane, Scarborough
- Rose Tree House, 4 Derwent Road, Skelton-in-Cleveland
- The Grange Hostel, 59 The Village, Strensall
- Thornaby Family Group Home, 36 Northumberland Road, Thornaby-on-Tees
- Thornaby Home, Thorntree House, Bassleton Lane, Thornaby-on-Tees
- Farmanby House Hostel / Home, Roxby Road, Thornton-le-Dale
- 103A Danebury Drive, Acomb, York
- 249 Kingsway North, York
- 6 Nursery Drive, Acomb, York
- 9 Ashford Place, Acomb, York
- St Hilda's Garth Reception Centre, Ousecliffe Gardens, York
- Stockton Hall School, Stockton on the Forest, York
- The Elms, 160 Hull Road, York*
* 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 North Riding of Yorkshire Council homes may exist at:
- North Yorkshire County Record Office, Malpas Road, Northallerton DL7 8TB.
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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