Humberside County Council Homes
The county of Humberside was created in 1974 as part of a local government reorganisation in England and Wales. Humberside incorporated parts of North Lincolnshire, much of the former East Riding of Yorkshire, and the borough and district of Goole, previously in the West Riding.
The Humberside County Council's social services department took over the management of children's homes previously run by the East Riding and Lindsey County Councils, and the (Kingston upon) Hull and Grimsby Borough Councils. The Humberside Council's children's homes in 1975 included:
|Barrow Hall, Barrow on Humber|
|34 Carver Road, Immingham|
|145 Cherry Grove, Scunthorpe|
|23 Manby Road, Scunthorpe|
|13 Poplar Drive, Brigg|
|Brook Cottage, Beckside, Driffield|
|117 Cardigan Road, Bridlington|
|The Croft, 83 Kilnwick Road, Pocklington|
|Ravenswood, 12 Cliff Road, Hornsea|
|The Parker Home, 21 Marton Road, Bridlington|
Follwing a further reorganisation in 1996, Humberside was abolished and the area was split into four local authority areas: Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.
Children's establishments run at some time in their history by Humberside County Council.
- The Willows, Willow Drive, Barton-on-Humber
- Family Group Home, 13 Poplar Drive, Brigg
- 34 Wrawby Street, Brigg
- Birch House, Westmoor Road, Brigg
- Cormac House, Brigg
- Rosecroft, Wrawby Street, Brigg
- Family Group Home, Fieldside, Epworth
- Family Group Home, 34 Carver Road, Immingham
- The Grove Reception Centre, 38 West Street, Scawby
- Family Group Home, 145 Cherry Grove, Scunthorpe
- Family Group Home, 23 Manby Road, Scunthorpe
- Ariadne House, Manby Road, Scunthorpe
- Cherry Tree House, Collum Avenue, Scunthorpe
- The Hollies, Normanby Road, Scunthorpe
- The Lilacs, Warwick Road, Scunthorpe
- Warley House, Warley Road, Scunthorpe
East Riding of Yorkshire
- Parker House, 21 Marton Road, Bridlington
- Ravenswood, 12 Cliff Road, Hornsea
- The Croft, 83 Kilnwick Road, Pocklington
North Riding of Yorkshire
West Riding of Yorkshire
- Greenawn, 1 Airmyn Road, Goole
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 Humberside Council homes may exist at:
- East Riding of Yorkshire Archives and Local Studies, The Treasure House, Champney Road, Beverley HU17 9BA .
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
Except where indicated, this page () © Peter Higginbotham. Contents may not be reproduced without permission.