Ancestry UK

Old Roar House, St Leonards on Sea, Sussex

In 1938, Barnardo's established a home for boys at Old Roar House on Old Roar Road, Silverhill Park, St Leonards on Sea. The home was closed in 1940 then re-opened in 1944 housing boys aged from 5 to 16.

The location of the home is shown on the 1929 map below.

Old Roar House site, St Leonards on Sea, c.1929.

The home was closed at the end of April 1972. The house has now been demolished.


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.


  • 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)