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Norley Bank School, Norley, near Northwich, Cheshire

In 1946, Liverpool Corporation purchased a large country house known as Norley Bank on Bag Lane, Norley, near Northwich, intending to use it as an Approved School for Roman Catholic Junior Boys. Following alterations to the buildings, the premises were formally certified for use on 9 February 1949.

In fact, the school never came into operation and on 7 October 1953, the Corporation announced their intention to surrender its certificate. The property was eventually sold off in 1957 and the building demolished. A bungalow now occupies the site.


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  • Higginbotham, Peter Children's Homes: A History of Institutional Care for Britain's Young (2017, Pen & Sword)
  • Hyland,Jim Yesterday's Answers: Yesterday's Answers: Development and Decline of Schools for Young Offenders (1993, Whiting and Birch)
  • Millham, S, Bullock, R, and Cherrett, P After Grace — Teeth: a comparative study of the residential experience of boys in Approved Schools (1975, Chaucer Publishing)