Ancestry UK

Southwood Home, Holbrook, Derby, Derbyshire

The Southwood Barnardo's Home was opened in 1945 at Port Way, Holbrook, Derby, Derbyshire. The house dated from the 1880s, having originally been built for the Bourne family, owners of the Denby pottery. Its location is shown on the 1959 map below.

Southwood Home site, Holbrook, c.1959.

The home originally housed only boys but by 1956 was mixed. The following year, it became a sort-stay/holiday home for up to twenty-five children with learning difficulties. After the home closed in 1977, the residents were moved to Barnardo's Morley Manor home at the other side of Derby. Southwood is now home to the Holbrook Centre for Autism.


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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)