Ancestry UK

Cleveland County Council Homes

Children's establishments run at some time in their history by Cleveland County Council.


County Durham

  • Family Group Home, 4 Gainford Road, Billingham
  • Family Group Home, 37 Princess Avenue, Stockton-on-Tees
  • Family Group Homes, 44-50 Windsor Road, Stockton-on-Tees
  • Hartburn Lodge Residential Nursery, Harsley Road, Stockton-on-Tees
  • Bonnyrigg Family Group Home, 14 Bonnyrigg Walk, West Hartlepool

North Riding of Yorkshire

  • Cherry Tree House Family Group Home, 27 Clynes Road, Grangetown-on-Tees
  • Loxley Park Family Group Home, 1 Loxley Road, Thorntree, Middlesbrough
  • Beechwood Family Group Home, 13 Sandford Close, Middlesbrough
  • Pallister Park Family Group Home, 22 Gribdale Road, Middlesbrough
  • Saltersgill Family Group Home, 22 Hoyland Road, Middlesbrough
  • Eston House Nursey, 236-238 High Street, Middlesbrough
  • Fulthorpe Family Group Home, 3 Hartburn Lane, Middlesbrough
  • Park End Family Group Home, 4 Roxby Avenue, Middlesbrough
  • Whinney Banks Family Group Home, 40 Whinney Banks Road, Middlesbrough
  • Cumberland House Boys' Hostel, 5 Chelmsford Road, Middlesbrough
  • Berwick Hills Family Group Home, 50 Darenth Crescent, Middlesbrough
  • Easterside Family Group Home, 54 Caversham Road, Easterside, Middlesbrough
  • Croft Family Group Home, 58 Croft Avenue, Middlesbrough
  • Thorntree Family Group Home, 6 Greenford Walk, Middlesbrough
  • Byland Family Group Home, Byland Close, Redcar
  • Thornaby Family Group Home, 36 Northumberland Road, Thornaby-on-Tees


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 Cleveland Council homes may exist at:

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.