Tower Hamlets London Borough Council Homes
Composite list of children's establishments run (at some time in their history) by Tower Hamlets London Borough Council.
- Family Group Home, 188 Timberlog Lane, Basildon
- Family Group Home, 24 The Greensted, Basildon
- Family Group Home, 26 Sandon Road, Basildon
- Family Group Home, 3 Maplin Gardens, Basildon
- Family Group Home, 34 Linford Drive, Basildon
- Family Group Home, 42 The Greensted, Basildon
- Oranmore, 126 Manor Road, Chigwell
- 57 Main Road, Gidea Park
- Family Group Home, 112 Priory Road, Harold Hill
- Family Group Home, 2 Wincanton Road, Harold Hill
- Family Group Home, 43 Priory Road, Harold Hill
- Family Group Home, 44 Wincanton Road, Harold Hill
- Family Group Home, 50 Priory Road, Harold Hill
- Family Group Home, 86 Priory Road, Harold Hill
- St Leonard's, 117 Hornchurch Road, Hornchurch*†
- Kingsthorpe, 1 The Green, Monkhams Avenue, Woodford Green
- Castlehurst, 37 Tankerton Road, Whitstable
London (E/EC Postal Areas)
- 1 Nelson Gardens, Bethnal Green E2
- 82 Russia Lane, Bethnal Green E2
- Edward Smith House, 60 William Guy Gardens, Bow E3
- Dave Adams House, 12 Norman Grove, Mile End E3
- 3 Forth House, 123 Tredegar Road, Mile End E3
- 38 Wager Street, Mile End E3
- Charles Key Lodge, 40 Southern Grove, Mile End E3
- Tilburg House, 49-59 Cranbrook Street, Mile End E2
- Windermere House, 74 Eric Street, Mile End E3
- Hamlets Way, Mile End E3
- Langley House Reception Home, 54 East India Dock Road, Poplar E14†
- Family Group Home, 22 Northumberland Avenue, Wanstead E11
- Hostel, 21 Frobisher House, Raerdon Street, Wapping E1
- Hannah Long House, 23 Swedenborg Gardens, Crowder Street, Whitechapel E1
* indicates link to pages on www.workhouses.org.uk.
† indicates homes at some time also run by a county council.
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 Tower Hamlets Council homes may exist at:
- Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives, 277 Bancroft Road, London E1 4DQ.
- London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R OHB. (The Ancestry website also has LMA records relating to workhouses and other institutions — more details.)
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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