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Shotley Park, Consett, Durham

The Shotley Park Barnardo's Home was located on West Law Road at Shotley Bridge near Consett, County Durham. Originally accommodating boys aged 15 to 16 years, by 1964 it had become a mixed home housing up to 36 children. From 1975, it was a home for children with emotional problems.

The location of the home is shown on the 1921 map below.

Shotley Park, Consett site, c.1921.

Shotley Park, Consett, 2012© Peter Higginbotham

The home closed in 1986. The site is now a residential care home.


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  • Barnardo, Syrie Louise, and Marchant, James Memoirs of the Late Dr Barnardo (Hodder & Stoughton, 1907)
  • Batt, J.H. Dr. Barnardo: The Foster-Father of "Nobody's Children" (S.W. Partridge, 1904)
  • Bready, J. Wesley Doctor Barnardo (Allen & Unwin, 1930)
  • Higginbotham, Peter Children's Homes: A History of Institutional Care for Britain's Young (2017, Pen & Sword)
  • Rose, June For the Sake of the Children: Inside Dr. Barnardo's: 120 years of caring for children (Hodder & Stoughton, 1987)
  • Wagner, Gillian Barnardo (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1979)