Ancestry UK

Providence House, Barton On Humber, Lincolnshire

In 1920, the National Children's Home (NCH) opened a new branch at Providence House on Holydyke, Barton on Humber.

Providence House, Barton On Humber, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

Providence House, Barton On Humber, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

The home was closed in 1945 and the children transferred to the NCH's new Barton House home at Harrogate.

The building was later used as an annexe by a local secondary school. It now houses the town's library and adult education centre.


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 their own records for individuals who were adopted through the charity or who resided in one of its homes. Help also for those searching for family history information.


  • 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)
  • Higginbotham, Peter Children's Homes: A History of Institutional Care for Britain's Young (2017, Pen & Sword)
  • Horner, Francis Shadow and Sun (Epworth Press, 1920)
  • Howard, Philip J Philip: a Strange Child (Dalkeith Publishing, 2007)
  • Philpot, Terry Action For Children (Lion, 1994)
  • Walpole, Cecil F. Golden Links (Epworth Press, 1941)