Warwickshire County Council Homes
Composite list of children's establishments run (at some time in their history) by Warwickshire County Council.
- Residential Nursery, Kiwarton Road, Alcester
- Remand Home for Girls, The Limes, 214 Bristol Road, Birmingham
- Warwickshire Reformatory for Girls, Dalehouse Lane, Knowle Hill, Kenilworth
- Warwick Union / Warwickshire Council Scattered Home, 11 Charlotte Street, Leamington Spa
- Warwick Union / Warwickshire Council Scattered Home, 13 Charlotte Street, Leamington Spa*
- Hostel for Girls, 5 Pound Lane, Lillington, Leamington Spa
- Warwick Union / Warwickshire Council Scattered Home, 'Fortescue', 16 Willes Road, Leamington Spa*
- Norton Approved School, Little Kineton
- Meriden Union / Warwickshire Council Scattered Home, Hill Rise, Leys Lane, Meriden*
- Manor Court Children's Home, 102-104 Manor Court Road, Nuneaton
- Nuneaton Council Home, 28 Henry Street, Nuneaton
- Warwick Union / Warwickshire Council Scattered Home, Pinley House, Rowington*
- Rugby Union / Warwickshire Council Scattered Home, McClure Home, 18 Charles Street, Rugby*
- Rugby Union / Warwickshire Council Scattered Home, Mitchison Home, 28 Cromwell Road, Rugby*
- Rugby Union / Warwickshire Council Scattered Home, Townsend Home, 20 Charles Street, Rugby*
- The Hermitage Reception Home, Lode Lane, Solihull
- The Limes, Alcester Road, Stratford-upon-Avon
- Warwick Union / Warwickshire Council Receiving Home, 1-3 Wharf Street, Warwick*
- Grouped Cottage Home, 2 Myton Hamlet, Myton Road, Warwick
- Holly House, 3 Myton Hamlet, Myton Road, Warwick
- Hostel for Boys, 38 Oakwood Grove, Warwick
- The Hawthorns, 5 Myton Hamlet, Myton Road, Warwick
- The Firs, 7 Myton Hamlet, Myton Road, Warwick
- Warwick Union / Warwickshire Council Scattered Home, Lammas, Linen Street, Warwick*
- The Grange Residential Nursery, Myton Road, Warwick
* 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 Warwickshire Council homes may exist at:
- Warwickshire County Record Office, Priory Park, Cape Road, Warwick CV34 4JS.
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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