Ancestry UK

Wellfield, Harrogate, West Riding of Yorkshire

Wellfield, a special home for emotionally disturbed boys, was operated by the National Children's Home (NCH) from around 1963 at 142 Pannal Ash Road, Harrogate. It was located just to the south of the NCH's Fairfield children's home at 132 Pannal Ash Road.

Wellfield was closed in 1968 and its residents transferred to new premises at Steep Hill House in Lincoln.


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)