Ancestry UK

Chadlington Home, Chadlington, Oxfordshire

In 1900, the National Children's Home (NCH), opened a new branch in the Oxfordshire Village of Chadlington. The home eventually occupied two separate houses, both on what is now Chapel Road, with the girls accommodated at 'College Farmhouse' and the boys at 'Ivy Dene' (now the 'Gray House'). In 1901, however, only the girls' home appears to have been in operation, housing 28 children aged from 3 to 16 and with Lydia Woolcock as Matron.

College Farm, Chadlington, 1904. Courtesy of Terry Garratt.

Ivy Dene or Gray House, Chadlington, 1904. Courtesy of Terry Garratt.

The Chadlington homes closed in 1904 following the opening of the NCH's new home, three miles away, at Chipping Norton.


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)