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Current Comments:
Post number:
396
28th of February 2015 06:19 PM by john bryant
hello i was in shenley field cottage homes i was there from 1958 to 1965 i was there with my 2 sisters which they was placed in another house as we could not stay together duz anybody out there remember me
Post number:
395
24th of February 2015 05:51 AM by Michael reed
Hi,hart sleep nursey,odium,Hampshire.i'm trying to trace relatives of residents of the area who fostered children out at the week-ends here in 1956-7.
Post number:
394
23rd of February 2015 11:55 PM by Michael reed
hi,does any one remember lady well nursey,London in 1953-1955,would love to know more,may be photos of the place,thanks.,
Post number:
393
23rd of February 2015 03:26 PM by valerie hardy
braybrook house was part of the cottage homes wednesfield it was the reception /home
you were assessed here and placed into one of the other cottages it later was the last one in use till the homes closed in 1977
Post number:
392
23rd of February 2015 04:07 AM by Anthony Featherstone (Tony)
I am looking for infromation from anyone who remembers me or my brother, as I believe we both stayed at the cottage homes during the 40s and/or 50s. Unfortunately I do not know the exact home's name.
Fingers crossed - Tony Featherstone Email: stonearch2423@gmail.com
Post number:
391
22nd of February 2015 01:12 PM by Ann Brine website: http://ann.brine@yahoo.co.uk
My husband was adopted in about 1943. He was born at St Teresa's in Salford in 1941. We think he might have been transferred to Claughton Hall before his adoption. Is there any information about this place having been used as a "STOP-GAP" for children waiting for adoption and where will records be stored? Thank You.
Post number:
390
21st of February 2015 11:08 PM by Faye Jones
Hi we are looking for my Nans missing sister who we believe was in the cottage homes in fazakerley liverpool, my nan would have been Eileen Payne and she believes her sister was called Mary Payne, my Nan was born in 1939 and believes Mary was a few years older than her. My Nan thinks she was around 8 or 9 years old when she met Mary at the cottage homes and Mary was around 16 or 17 at this time so maybe around 1947. If you have any information at all please email me fayej14@hotmail.com Thankyou
Post number:
389
21st of February 2015 05:37 PM by penelope lucas
i was in lane cottage childrens home walton on naze in the late 50s,anyone remember the willsher family
Post number:
388
20th of February 2015 11:45 PM by MICHAEL BETTS website: http://jerryrlee1@hotmail.co.uk
was at southveiw what was part of erdington cottages homes i was at southview from 1970 to 1972 when in 1972 to 1980 i was sent to went number 8 glenedth the staff was pauline hawkins the head aunte rose aunte arm strong aunte lorrine aunte zita anute liderate . i still rember the childrens home only like i was there yesterday i can still see the dinning room leanding in to the kitchen then the long hall way from the front door to the toilets and bath room and the stairs lending to the girls and the boys dormentrees aunte pauline bedroom was in between the two main dormentrees in the bath room was a ba th and a shower in the line was about six bathroom sinks and next door was the toilets the was 4 toilets and the shoe cabinet was oppiste the toilets the kithchen floor was red bricks by the back door was a long brick shed oppisite was a boiler room and the back yard was long and wide with a big wooden fence seperateing the back yards we had a taxi party lucas party on formams road in sparkhill by coach we had the cross keys party at the cross keys pub in erdington on station road at the back the the cross keys was a big stage we had day trips our own wooden hut for weekend discos the church we went to every sunday and we had to go to church on christmas day befor we could open our christmas presents at the cottage homes i learnt to cycle on a chopper push bike what all the boy and girls at number 8 had to share the push bike beening in care was the best time of my life if i could turn back the time i will live my life agin at 8 clenedth we had our own playing feilds where we had a big swing called the wiches hat it was fun to be on and now new homes has been built on the playing fields if any staff who are working at number 8 please dont be scared to e mail me i be happy to talk about great
Post number:
387
20th of February 2015 08:06 PM by julie beardsworth website: http://jas476820@gmail.com
My father and his two siblings were in this facility cira 1926 for around 10 years. His place of birth unknown. I am trying to trace his family tree. If anyone could supply me with any information regarging entry register to the homes I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you
Post number:
386
19th of February 2015 02:50 PM by Angela baxter website: http://angbaxter1958@gmail.com
I am looking into the history of my mother boRN in Hampstead Belize London in 1939 I know she was put in a care home and I know she knew Shirley Ann field who went to edgworth children's home my mothers name is Carol Ann Howe would be grateful for any information
Post number:
385
18th of February 2015 03:38 PM by Tracy Hodder
I am looking for my cousin John Fleming born 3rd May 1964 in Portsmouth Hampshire, I have been told that he went into The Cottage Homes but not sure where, I would love to get in touch with him.
Post number:
384
17th of February 2015 12:15 AM by Becky Deighton
I'm trying to locate details of Nor House in Bristol which was where some children from Downend went to after it closed. I can find no reference to it at all. Can anyone help please?
Post number:
383
16th of February 2015 08:44 PM by Maureen McKillican
Looking for info on the Victoria Orphanage, Shirland Road, Paddington or where I could find records for children who were in this facility

TIA
Maureen McKillican
mmck25@telus.net
Post number:
382
16th of February 2015 06:00 PM by JOHN BATSON website: http://jbelectricalservices@fsmail.net
I WAS AT THIS HOME FROM 1946 FOR 4 YEARS CAN I SEE MY RECORDS AND COME TO
THE HOME. DOES ANY ONE REMEMBER ME.
Post number:
381
16th of February 2015 05:50 PM by steven lee
i am looking for information about staff an children in cranbourne cottage home during the 1950/1960 s
Post number:
380
16th of February 2015 08:37 AM by Michael reed
Hi,I see your interested in nelson cottage,Dorking,I emailed my help to the link on here but the message came back on my iPad,can't conect to subscriber?
Post number:
379
15th of February 2015 10:59 PM by Jackie O'Connor website: http://jackie_oconnor@hotmail.com
Hello I'm looking into my late mothers family history and have just found her father John Sumner born circa 1906 was in the School at Hartley Road, Nottingham according to census he was approx 4. Why were children out in here and where did they go as rumour has it he ended up in Canada? Any help/comments appreciated. Thank you
Post number:
378
15th of February 2015 08:47 PM by Michael reed website: http://Mr594468@gmail.com
nelson and Hampton cottages,Surrey. was any one in there 1961 through the 1960s,would like to be in touch.also I have a lot of information today on these homes if you need help.
Post number:
377
14th of February 2015 05:01 PM by Nancy
My Grand Father was in a home called Middlemoore home I noticed the children all had ther pictures

Taken If so His name is James Gilbert Moore If you have a picture of him as a Child could I see it Thank You so Much Nancy
Post number:
376
13th of February 2015 12:08 PM by GAIL Friars website: http://gailfriars@hotmail.co.uk
Hi I am looking for information on the old children's home that was Strawberry Field in Liverpool . I have found the usual photographs from the Internet of the old building but no more . I would be interested in the running of the home etc and any internal photographs..
Thank You
Gail
Post number:
375
12th of February 2015 05:10 PM by John Cowie website: http://email.. johncowie3@hotmail.co.uk
My mother was an inmate at the Princess Louise home for girls at Kingston upon Thames. Her name was Winifred Ann Steward she was there from about 1920 and left in mid 1929. Cannot find any of home records. but do have other information
Post number:
374
29th of January 2015 06:38 PM by keith summerscales
anybody else out there thatwas at shawbury school between 63 65
Post number:
373
27th of January 2015 08:56 PM by RH
I was brought up in a childrens home in counterthorpe in leicestershire. i was just wondering if the house i lived in as a child is still there
Post number:
372
25th of January 2015 05:48 PM by Mary Cassidy
I have tried to e mail Rinaldogozdek@aol.com many times after reading your message. I would really like to make contact on my husbands behalf. Not sure how to go about it ?
Post number:
371
21st of January 2015 05:10 PM by shirley
can any of the readers of this site give me any information of Hartley road childrens home in Nottingham in the 1940~50's ,my mum and her brothers and sister went into it got split up all avenues we go down inform us everything was burnt
Post number:
370
21st of January 2015 02:23 PM by liz(jane) hobbs website: http://hobbslizzie03@gmail.com
hi i am seeking info on homes think catholic for ilegitimate! babies in glos 1950s - i was in 1 in 10952 but no further info ..thanks liz i was known as jane hobbs .
Post number:
369
20th of January 2015 10:58 PM by Joy Allman
Trying to find information about Footherley home, Shenstone near Lichfield, date 1957.
Post number:
368
20th of January 2015 12:28 PM by Zoe Stallard
This is a message to Anne Willdridge I have tried to send you many emails but it will not send. Can you please send me a contact email address to Zoestallard@outlook.com. Thanks
Post number:
367
18th of January 2015 05:15 AM by alec percy
would you know anything about violet bowden admited about 1917 until1925 at styal homes hope you may be able to help ilive in oregon usa
Post number:
366
16th of January 2015 02:22 PM by lorraine wilson
Looking for anyone that resided in fairlawn childrens home derby in 1989/90.
Post number:
365
15th of January 2015 06:55 PM by John goffin
I remember colne cottage in cromer when i was 5 years old when a Mr and Mrs wallace ran it with a copper stick.
Post number:
364
15th of January 2015 01:42 PM by Zoe Stallard
Hi I am trying to find out how I get access to some care files from Fazakerley Cottage homes. My friend Peter Hargreaves was put here when here was found in Liverpool in 1945. Peter's parents just left him by the hospital and he wasn't registered as a baby so we are trying to get him a birth certificate for a passport. We need to know who to write to for the records about his so called parents because he is only believed to be Peter Hargreaves and his parents are believed to be Anne Hargreaves. We are trying to get the records to try and get him records to prove to the registry office that he was found at the hospital and then put into the cottage home. I would be very grateful if anyone has any information about how I get the care records. I have been on the internet and read loads but still got nowhere. Please contact me on zoestallard@outlook.com
Post number:
363
14th of January 2015 11:39 PM by Dick Stein
I have a general question. The parents of my ancestral family in Birmingham died in 1839 and 1841 leaving seven children. I have been able to trace most of the older children but not the two youngest aged 5 and 3. The family was not poor as the father (William) had been part owner of a brass foundry. However, the rest of the family appeared to shun William and his descendants became labourers living in back-to-backs. I searched the censuses, BMD indexes, Ancestry, Findmypast and everywhere I could think of. A problem is that the surname is very common.
Can anyone comment on the practices of the 1840's in Birmingham of dealing with orphans in the situation described above and suggest what records may be available. Thanks for any help.
Post number:
362
14th of January 2015 08:58 PM by Michael Pope (formally Michael Thake)
I am desperate to contact anyone who knows of or was in Woodstock Children's Home, Harold Wood, Essex.
I was in this home during the sixties and was quite content there. But I have hunted the internet for many years to try and find some reference to this place but have never found anything about it, it's like it never existed!
It was run by a lovely couple called Jack and Joan Papworth and had a mixed population of about 32 kids, ages ranging from about 8 - 15.
We went to different schools around the area, I along with a few others went to Redden Court SM School in Harold Wood.
I anyone can help, please contact me - mail@michaelpope.co.uk
THANK YOU.
Post number:
361
13th of January 2015 04:27 AM by Alan Moore Parkinson website: http://graysangie@bigpond.com.au
My name is Alan Moore Parkinson and I was living in Farningham in 1955
my mother Phyllis Alice Margret Parkinson was a house mother there ,
I am looking for anyone that may have been here or remember myself or my mother around that time
Post number:
360
11th of January 2015 09:02 PM by julie foster website: http://jfoster290463@icloud.com
l was in a childrens home in bamber bridge preston in the 1970s but l cant remember the name of the home l was about 7 years old and l was with my sister joan she was about 10 my sister wont talk about it so l hope someone can help our maiden name was Mc Guinness and we came from kirkby in liverpool l cant remember how long we was their for but l remember having a birthday their but not much more l also remember a boy called steven solloman not sure if its spellet like that if any one can remember us please can you send any information about the home. thank you
Post number:
359
11th of January 2015 07:14 PM by Mary Cassidy website: http://Marycassidy69@icloud.com
Hi rinaldo, so pleased to read your message. Ian was there from 1942 to 1952. Left to find work in London.Was at Abbey Rd school. Sister Monica has a lot to answer for. Please e mail me.
Post number:
358
5th of January 2015 01:34 PM by Ann Marsham
Hello I was at st Vincent's in mill hill from 1958-63 with my 5brothers and sisters, Helen, Christine, Dermot, John and Katy carrot. Maiden name was Cullinane. I remember going to Dimchurch on holiday and blue Peter coming to visit. The girls were in Holy Angels and the boys were in Sorta House. Would love to hear from anyone there at the same time as me. I remember Norreen, Avril and Molly and lovely sister Veronica. Feel free to email me if you were there annmarsham62@Gmail.com
Post number:
357
5th of January 2015 12:18 PM by Mike Sheridan
North Lancashire Reformatory (Bleasdale House). My 2x grandfather was 'staying' here for some time in 1901 aged 12. No records were kept and I have gathered what information there is available on the web. I am now just chancing my arm that someone might have some more information about the facility!
Post number:
356
5th of January 2015 12:11 PM by Mike Sheridan
Re post 351 I can only tell of the existence of two children's homes in Hessle;

Hesslewood House which which, in 1920, was purchased by the Hull Seamen’s and General Orphanage to provide accommodation for the orphan children of seafarers. The children visited the House in 1920 and the girls moved in January 1921 with the boys following in February. Some changes to the building were made but the main central block of the house remained intact and still is. However, the house proved costly to run and keep in good repair thus proving to be too expensive for the organisation and was closed in 1985. Hesslewood House is now a care home.

Hessle Cottage Homes were opened in 1897 on Hull Road, Hessle and were run as the children’s home of the Sculcoates Poor Law Union. They received ‘all children between the ages of 3 and 16 to whom the guardians grant Institutional Relief.’ Unfortunately records of residents have not survived. However, within the Hull History Centre there is a collection of letters relating to incidents at the homes, entitled Hessle Cottage Homes, at L.362.73 which can be accessed in the centre’s searchroom. It appears they closed prior to 1966
Post number:
355
4th of January 2015 08:06 PM by Maria Emms
I am looking for information for my mother who was adopted from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire in 1952. Her mother was called Louise Piper who lived at Pitville Lawns, Cheltenham as far as we can gather from census records. I have recently discovered that there was a mother and baby home on this street after a bit of research. Does anyone have any info on this home or info on how the women lived? Regards, Maria
Post number:
354
4th of January 2015 02:27 AM by Karl website: http://triggerhappysnapper@outlook.com
I moved to Lane Cottage (walton on naze) in 1999 then as it shut down we all moved to The Lodge (Little clacton) in 2002, Does any one remember Su Tarini (manager lane cottage) or Pat Hayley (Manager the lodge) would love to hear from anyone that was staying there when I was there!!
Post number:
353
3rd of January 2015 05:50 PM by Ann marsham
328 I was in mill hill orphanage 1958/1963 plus my 5 brothers and sisters.went to church in the holidays. Blue Peter came to the home .max braves came one year.my maiden name is culminate.sister Gabriela used to call us the complainants . Would love to hear from anyone that can remember us.
Post number:
352
3rd of January 2015 12:57 PM by Josie P
I am looking for a childrens home in the Birmingham area in the 1880s or 1890s. My mothers step-grandfather was there. Apparently it was run by nuns.
Post number:
351
29th of December 2014 12:04 PM by lynn bradshaw
please could you tell me of any childrens homes in hessle as I was in one in august 1966
Post number:
350
15th of December 2014 03:59 PM by Jonathan Wheeler
My brother and I were placed into Barnardo's in about 1958. We were lucky that we stayed together and, eventually, were even adopted together. However, our sister Kay was placed elsewhere. Unlike Barnardo's, which has an excellent policy of providing historic records, the privately run home into which Kay was placed has proved pretty much untraceable.

Kay knows that it was a fee-paying home, and that it was situated in or near Hockley in Essex. She believes she might have heard that the house itself was burned down or demolished some time ago, and that housing has been built in what were the grounds.

Does anyone have any memory or knowledge of the children's home Kay was with? There are some years of her life which are simply missing, and of which she has only a few scattered memories. Any help would be most welcome!
Post number:
349
14th of December 2014 10:00 PM by lianne holmes
hi, my grandad was in nazareth house lasswade for many years until he got married in 1938. There has been much secrecy within the family about it. What i wondered though is, i am baffled by the fact that that took him to the age of 28yrs old when he got married. Why would he stay in their care until that age? Was that the norm back then for care homes if someone wasnt yet married then they would remain there?? i would appreciate any opinions that give me a better insight as to why that would be or how the system worked back then please? would sisters of nazareth still hold information from the 1920's and 30's??
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348
10th of December 2014 10:42 PM by rebecca haigh website: http://beckyhaigh2@hotmail.com
would love to find my friends from the harris x