Ancestry UK

Newquay Children's Home, Newquay, Cornwall

In 1917, the National Children's Home (NCH) opened a home at Pentire Headland, Newquay. The home could accommodate fifty children up to 14 years of age.

The location of the home is shown on the 1933 map below.

Newquay National Children's Home site, Newquay, c.1933.

Newquay National Children's Home, from the north. © Peter Higginbotham

By the 1960s, the property was in use as the Tregarn Hotel. The building no longer survives.


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)