Denbighshire/Clwyd County Council Homes
Composite list of children's establishments run (at some time in their history) by Denbighshire/Clwyd County Council.
- Tanygyrt Residential Nursery, Nantglyn
- Community Home, 15-17 Llwyn Onn, Elwy Road Estate, Rhos-on-Sea
- Heulfre Children's Home, Heulfre, Ruthin
- Heulfre Children's Home, 14 Horsley Drive, Little Acton, Wrexham
- Hoste for Mentally Handicapped, 45 Tapley Avnue, Wrexham
- Community Home, 7 Tan-y-Dre, Holt Road, Wrexham
- Mother and Baby Home, Bersham Hall, Wrexham
- Assessment Centre, Bersham Hall, Wrexham
- Residential Nursery, Box Lane, Little Acton, Wrexham
- Assessment Centre, Cherry Hill, 91 Borras Park Road, Wrexham
- Wrexham Union Scattered Home / Denbighshire Council Home for Working Boys, Coppenhall House, 81 Benjamin Road, Wrexham*
- Coppenhall, 188 Centenary Road, Bryn Offa, Wrexham
- Holm Oak, Rhosddu Road, Wrexham
- Wrexham Union Scattered Home / Denbighshire Council Residential Nursery, Little Acton, 101 Box Lane, Wrexham*
- Assessment Centre, Little Acton, 101 Box Lane, Wrexham
- Chevet Hay Reception Centre / Community Home, Price's Lane / Greenfield Road, Wrexham
- Bryn Estyn School for Boys, Bryn Estyn Road, Wrexham
* 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 Denbighshire/Clwyd Council homes may exist at:
- Denbighshire Record Office, Ruthin Gaol, 46 Clwyd Street, Ruthin, Denbighshire LL15 1HP.
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.
- Higginbotham, Peter Children's Homes: A History of Institutional Care for Britain s Young (2017, Pen & Sword)
- Urquhart, Gloria (2020) Nobody's Child: The True Story of Growing up in a Yorkshire Children's Home
- 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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