Staffordshire County Council Homes
Composite list of children's establishments run (at some time in their history) by Staffordshire County Council.
- Aldridge Court, Little Aston Road, Aldridge
- Broadfield House, Steam Road, Kingswinford, Brierly Hill
- Lynwood Children's Home, 35 Old Penkridge Road, Cannock*
- Remand Home for Boys, 35 Old Penkridge Road, Cannock*
- 90 North Street, Bridgetown, Cannock
- Chaseley, New Penkridge Road, Cannock
- Penkridge (Cannock) Union Cottage Homes, New Penkridge Road, Cannock*
- Cheadle Union / Staffordshire Council Home, The Birches / Newlands, Cheadle*
- Hostel for Working Boys, Woodcross House, Cinderhill, Coseley
- Mayfield, Manley Road, Wissage, Lichfield
- Staffordshire Council Girls' Industrial School, The Wissage, Wissage Lane (now Road), Lichfield
- The Poplars Residential Nursery, Wissage Lane (now Scotch Orchard), Lichfield*
- The Wissage Reception Centre, Wissage Road, Lichfield
- The Wissage Remand Home / Chadswell Assessment Centre, Wissage Road, Lichfield
- May Place, The Brampton, Newcastle under Lyme
- The Birches Working Girls' Home / Children's Home, Sidmouth House, Newcastle under Lyme
- 53 Coalpit Lane, Brereton, Rugeley
- 2 Stone Road, Stafford
- Rotherwood Nursey, Rowley Park, Stafford
- Rotherwood Reception Centre, Rowley Park, Stafford
- The Laurels Residential Nursery, Rowley Park, Stafford
- Springfield, 216-218 Stone Road, Stafford
- Rowley Hall Training School for Girls, Rowley Park, Stafford
- 245 Hartshill Road, Stoke-on-Trent
- Werrington School for Boys, Werrington, Stoke-on-Trent
- Stafford County Industrial School for Boys, Werrington, Stoke-on-Trent
- Heron Cross House, Stoke-on-Trent
- Glascote, Tamworth
- The Alders, Tamworth
- Werrington School / Riverside, Rocester, Uttoxeter
- Park Corner, 53 Walsall Street, Wednesbury
- Home for Working Girls, George Newman Cottage, 27 Emberton Street, Wolstanton
- Fairhaven, Stream Road, Wordsley, Stourbridge
* indicates link to pages on www.workhouses.org.uk.
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 Staffordshire Council homes may exist at:
- Staffordshire Record Office, Eastgate Street, Stafford, ST16 2LZ.
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
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