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28th of August 2014 09:29 PM by Michelle Page (nee Novitt)
I was somewhere in Surrey (possibly the Camberley area) during the middle to late 1950's called The Red House, but haven't been able to trace it. I can only remember that I was looked after by either a nurse or nun who wore a white shoulder length cap. I was born in 1954 and went back to North London by the age of 5. If anyone has any information, or ideas on how to find out where I was, and why I was there, please email me on
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28th of August 2014 08:19 PM by Mandy Phillips (nee Charlton)
I was placed at 8 Bridge Burn Road Weoley castle Birmingham around 1970-1975 I was with my sister. We went on to go through foster care after but remember 8 bridgeburn road and some of the people there (but not their surnames) Eileen started to run the home a couple of yrs after I was 1st placed there up til then it was pleasant (can't say the same after she started to 'run' it)
If you were in the home & want to chat feel free to message me on Facebook where I'm listed as Mandy FlipFlop Phillips
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27th of August 2014 07:41 PM by Wendy jane usher
Hi I would like to get in contact with anyone that remembers myself and my brother Keith Usher who was taken into olands reception centre in 1965 , 1966 I was about 2 at the time and my brother was 4 . I was the youngest one there at the time and I can remember being in a dormitory in a cot.
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26th of August 2014 10:58 PM by Alan Clarke
Hi I am looking for any information about my Grandfather who worked at the Cockett Homes in Swansea in the fifties and sixties his name was Percy William Clarke .i would be most grateful for any information
Many thanks
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26th of August 2014 10:24 PM by ann website: http://russell
I was in erdington cottage homes from approx 1950 to 1953.
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25th of August 2014 03:06 PM by Janet
I was in a children's home in Kent from 1944/45 until about 1947/48. It was at Cudham Hall near Biggin Hill and subsequently moved to Gillingham in Kent. I am looking for any information about this place and the organisation responsible for running it. I would be very grateful for any help with this.
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25th of August 2014 09:05 AM by Raymond jones
I was in the North Devon Children's ConvalesentHome at Lynton in 1938 . It was run by Robert Living and a think was Charity home. I still have a Bible signed by Robert which he gave me for playing the Piano each morning for hymn singing.

Hi Raymond

I would be very interested in hearing more as I am writing an article on this home. Could you contact me please?
Many thanks.
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22nd of August 2014 05:30 PM by Dean Cradock website: http://
Hi I was living in a children's home in Crawley Ifield, in 1971-1972 The home was called 23 Kirdford Close, It you was there at that time you can message me through my face book page please,

Kind Regards Dean
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18th of August 2014 06:34 PM by christine henderson
Hello I am searching for my friends sister named Mary Teresa (TESS) nee Johnson born May 1945 in Birmingham Uk, There mother Glady's Johnson died in 1950, we think Mary may have been in a childrens home in Norfolk during the 1950's.

Regards Christine
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16th of August 2014 05:41 PM by Rachel
If you were at Stonepound House in the sixties and seventies and would like to talk to others who were there you can find us on Facbook. Just type Stonepound House in the Facebook searchbar.
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15th of August 2014 08:34 PM by Richard Reed website:
I would to obtain the register of children and pictures who resided at Nazareth in Jamaica Plain mass during the years of 1959 - 1963. This may include myself.
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15th of August 2014 08:17 PM by Julie Barnes
Reply to post 249, my mother and her brother were in the temperance orphanage at the same time as you, their names were Patricia and John Collier , been trying to obtain details or records of home been unsuccessful can you help?
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7th of August 2014 05:43 PM by gordon seaman
I was involved with nazareth house babies home Lancaster in 1956/7. or thereabouts.i am 75 yrs now, and names are a bit vague. I was courting a nurse called mavis grimshaw, and the children called me daddy Gordon. I remember 2 children in particular. one was a 4 yr old coloured boy called alan. I saw him again 10 years later at Lytham nazereth house, and he remembered me. the other was a girl called angela, she had been scalded badly on her legs by foster parents. mavis and I used to take her everywhere with us. isle-of-man, to the lake district. I would be about 17/18yrs at the time. but I will never forget my time up there.
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5th of August 2014 09:40 AM by Terry smillie (jarrett) website:
I was at torpenhow open air school in early 1950s.would like to hear from any one who has any photos of this time,thank you.
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4th of August 2014 06:39 PM by Fran Jackson
Looking for Graham Papson (foster brother)-last known to be at Cosham Southwick Rd
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3rd of August 2014 11:48 PM by Sharron McColl
HI, Im looking to find anyone who lived at Nazareth house- children's home in Northampton between the late 70s and mid 80s when it was closed down.
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3rd of August 2014 08:17 AM by debra burford website:
hello looking to trace anyone who spent time at countesthorpe childrens home in around 1950 and who new ted beryl and mary warner would love to here from anyone kind regards
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3rd of August 2014 03:09 AM by Tony johnson
Hi wonder if anyone can help me Im looking for a place I use to go in the 1970s summer hollidays it was for boys and girls up to the age of 12 i think I use to come from Nottingham we use to meet the bus at Huntingdon school we use to go for 2 weeks it was in Skegness im sure it was a long yellow one story building I cant seem to remember where it is although i go skeggy quite alot anyway thankyou hope we can sort it as I would like to visit the place again thanks again Tony
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30th of July 2014 09:25 PM by julian andrew gwilym
i was in the cottage homes in bridgend happy time miss you loads uncle petter jan hascle
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30th of July 2014 01:26 AM by lesley orman
hi im looking for some of the girls I was in a childrens home with in the 70 it was called summerlands in southsea run by the salvation army if anyone can help.
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29th of July 2014 02:49 PM by mary
hi iam trying to find edith leeson who was in cottage homes countesthorpe in the 1940 if anyone knows her or known of her
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27th of July 2014 08:29 PM by Debra
I was placed in children's home called poachin house in southport around 1972/3 , just trying to find out if anyone else was there at that time, also I vividly remember 2 wonderful members of staff called Thelma and Roy , does anyone remember them?
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26th of July 2014 09:55 PM by Amanda miller website:
Reply to Post 137 21 April Ann Lawrence. 1955./1974
Yes your quite right Ann! The Old Building is still there. The newer buildings were to the left, built possibly 1970? But the Old home was around 1860? And was used as Schooling on grounds younger kids. Its still there. The social must be confused. I Know because I use to paint birds and eyes on the building, Grafiti artist. There are Metal old Fire escape. If Johanne is reading this, Please forgive me for kicking that chair at your head, our teacher said something negative, But hope your Okay?!x Mandy.
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25th of July 2014 06:53 AM by eileen saunders
I was at school with two girls from here Doreen Bradley and Margret o neil at green writhe lane school Carshalton in the 1962 time ofen wonder about them
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20th of July 2014 06:51 PM by marion linton
enjoyed reading comments i was in erdington cottage homes home 12 windyridge with my two younger brothers
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19th of July 2014 02:13 PM by Sharon Green
I am looking for a James John Wharton of Gateshead, born approx. 1895 and was the son of Henry and "Polly" Wharton (this information I retrieved off of his marriage cert. I have it on good authority that he was turned over by his mother to the Middlemore Emmigration Home in Birmingham and in 1905 he left Liverpool for Halfax, Nova Scotia where he was "adopted" (of "farmed" which was on the passenger list) by a Samuel Hoyt of Bright, New Brunswick. Later on he married my husbands biological grandmother, Ruby Ella Allen in Lower Hainesville, New Brunswick.
So you can see why I am interested in this particular James Wharton. I also understand that the spelling may have been changed Wharton/whorton/worton etc.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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19th of July 2014 02:24 AM by Alex
Looking for norris
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18th of July 2014 04:49 PM by Rollerskate
I am looking for details of the childrens cottage homes in Tavistock Villas. Tavistock Road, Yiewsley Middlesex. The foster mother was Rose Northern in the 1911 census. it appears on the census that my father's half sister was in this home. Her name was Alice Neal, she could also had been known as Alice Butler born in 1907. if anyone knows of Alice and what happened to her and can tell me that would be great. Thank you for your time
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18th of July 2014 08:53 AM by Peter Kettle website:
Re post 169
I was in Wellington cottage with your father and his brother
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17th of July 2014 11:11 AM by Steven Wright website:
Hi. I am trying to find any information I can find about my grandfather HARRY HAYWARD. He died in Melbourne Australia in 1963 which was just before I was born. We believe he was born in about 1902 in the Aston and spent a number of years in orphanages. We haven't been able to find any birth details or which orphanage he was in and when.

The first official record is of him joining the Royal Marine school of music in 1916. We have found in the 1911 census a Harry Hayward who was 9 years old who was boarding with the Neal family in 5 Upper Sutton Street, Aston. I was wondering if he was there as a foster family. Was this house near any cottage homes or orphanages? Maybe Asron a Union (Erdington)? Any help would be gratefully received!

Erdington/Aston is where I live and I have studied the children's homes and cottage homes that were here. My best guess is that the address is that of a foster family as it is not the address of a children's home. Have you tried contacting Birmingham Archives and Heritage (email me and I'll send you the details) as they hold adoption records?
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14th of July 2014 07:49 AM by Dawn Merrett
I am looking for my cousin, he was born in 1959, his name when he was brought to the home was Micheal Day, his mum Jean Evans or she could have used her maiden name was Hallam, his fathers name is Bill Day, they came from the Heanor area, please email me if you have any information at
Thank you for reading
Dawn Merrett
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11th of July 2014 01:42 PM by Ian Cassidy website: http://Mary cassidy69@
My husband was at St Vincents orphanage for boys Torquay from 1942-1953, He would like to hear from anyone who was in the home around that time.He remembers the names Kevin Norris and Michael Kennedy. He has been unable to get hold of any documentation about his background.can anyone help ? Mary cassidy
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11th of July 2014 01:40 PM by Ian Cassidy website: http://Mary cassidy69@
My husband was at St Vincents orphanage for boys Torquay from 1942-1953, He would like to hear from anyone who was in the home around that time.He remembers the names Kevin Norris and Michael Kennedy. He has been unable to get hold of any documentation about his background.can anyone help ? Mary cassidy
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10th of July 2014 09:30 PM by Angeline Vere (nee von Bradsky)
I was in Torpenhow Open Air School for about a year when I was about 8 (1967). I found it a very tough environment, lacking in care or warmth. There was no real education or nursing - my asthma actually worsened and eventually I went back to Alder Hay Childrens Hospital (Liverpool). I remember bullying from staff and other children, also that the girls' dormitory was very cold and cheerless and that I was often hungry! Pretty grim, but I survived! I wouldnt go to a reunion because I dont have good memories of the place, but I would be interested to see the building again. I dream about it sometimes. I also often wonder what happened to the other children.
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9th of July 2014 09:43 AM by Full Name:Donald William Spencer website:

I was in the Homeleigh orphanage in Horncastle, from the age of 5 or 6 and stayed there until I was 12 years old. After staying in the receiving home for a while I was transferred to Home 10.

It would have been 1952/53 whenn I entered Homeleigh Orphanage in Horncastle and i remained there until I was 12 years old in 1959.

There was about 10 of us lads in there.

Life was really tough for me as I had a bed wetting problem and was punished alomost everyday, but.. I had a strong spirit and I just loved going to school and getting away from the orphanage for a few hours everyday.

I excelled in every sporting activity at school and had the authorities scratching their heads as to why someone so healthy and energetic would wet the bed so often.

There are a couple of lads that I still remember their names, but you ask not to mention names, so I weill respect that request.

It would be really nice to hear from any of the lads that were in Home 10 with me during the above period.

I have lived abroad since 1975 and we are now settled in Bali Indonesian.

Fingers crossed!! Thank you.

Kind regards

Don Spencer
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8th of July 2014 11:23 PM by Amanda Miller website:
Hi- Reply to Hilary Allen Re The Holt.Birstall Leicester. 1974.
I may have been there then, around that time. Girls block House Mothers were. Janice Meadwell & Dave lived upstairs.(They still live in Birstall Now?!) Then Penny & Louise?. Other girls were Twins Gwen& Peggy. Micheal, Sharon T and Sharon Football mad!. Boys Block. Hedgehog. Pinny. Sean, cannot remember all. But Vary lovly death&Dumb girl she taught me sign language,&Hair Spray,id never had hair spray before. Anyway Hope this Jogs your Memory,Hope they were Happy ones!
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8th of July 2014 10:41 PM by Amanda Miller website:
I would like to hear from Moira O'C a scottish girl. We were child Inmates at NewField (A Pycology Services.meaning Domestic Services, Live in with school. 5 Dormatarys, Scrubing floors and Laundry. I was no 23 aged 11. And we were in Group C. you slept nxt bed to me! And I thought you were a goast one morning, but it disapeared!. The large house was on Newfields Road, Folshill area of Coventry in 1973. You were always, an ace Rounders player moira, and you never missed a ball!

If anyone Knows of Newfield, or moira Email
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8th of July 2014 10:45 AM by Sheila Birkenhead website:
I am writing on behalf of my grandmother, Sheila North nee (Birkenhead) who lived in the Shenley Fields Cottages from 1939 to approximately 1955, give or take a year.

She was brought in as a baby by her parents Ethel Maude Downes & James Birkinhead. Although she is aware of some extended family being in the homes around the same period, she never found out what happened to her parents.

If any one knew of her parents, or of Sheila please contact the email address provided as she would
love to hear from you.

Sheila eventually went on to marry the son of the caretaker, William North who worked at Shenley Fields at the time.

Have you tried contacting Birmingham Archives & Heritage (at Birmingham Library)? They hold the surviving records and your grandmother can apply to see if there are any that apply to her.
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7th of July 2014 05:24 PM by Jo
I have recently received my late grandfathers care records and he was in a number of children's homes- none of which are listed on this website.
After spending time in St. Marylebone home and St. Mary Abbots Institution as an infant, he was 'adopted' by the LCC and sent to SHIRLEY RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL, CROYDON (later known as SHIRLEY OAKS) in 1934. He was here until being evacuated to Maidenhead in 1939.
As an 11 year old in 1941 he was sent to MILE OAK APPROVED SCHOOL, PORTSLADE (fotrmally Portslade Industrial School) where he stayed until age 14 in 1944.

If there is anyone out there who was in these homes/schools around this time or who have relatives who were, please contact me on
I would like to build up a picture of what his life would have been like as his care records only provide so much. Any photographs would also be great, although I know unlikely.

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7th of July 2014 10:39 AM by Amanda Miller/Hyde website:
Hi to Kathy Mason post 200 And Carol Grimer post 199. Hope your keeping the faith! to let you know your not alone, re painful spiral of previous family members in homes. At forteen I must have had some 23 different RIC,s Life was confusing. After a few month on the run, sleeping rough Birmingham and loughborough. I made it to Devon to Live with my mothers sister. I had four Brothers, 2 in Leicester care, Tony and Carl. 2 other brothers Adopted. But I started to learn My Grandmother had been in Orphanges in Jersey FCJ Catholic convent. My Great grandmother Died heart failour/ But she didnt know anymore. She had also a son from rape she had to leave behind(David) Illegal adoptions. But she was lucky to get married in 1936. Moved to England re World war2. Life seemed Okay, Dodging the German Bombs. But it was my Grandfathers 20yr Secret affair with Evacuee, that made my mother go a bit, Wayward, she ran off. So thats how My Brothers and I all ended up in care.
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7th of July 2014 10:02 AM by Barbara
Hi I would like to contact any one who was at St Edwards Orphange Liverpool between 1943 and 1950 ,I am trying to trace a relative who was at the orphanage at that time ,many thanks
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6th of July 2014 10:07 PM by Lynne Sutton website:
I wonder if anyone out there can help me? I was born Veronica Lancake in 1950 in Denton lancashire and spent the first year and a half in a home probably in the Ashton under Lyne area but I don't know. Is there any way of finding out. I have met my natural half brother once and I am sure he knows something but refuses to say as he was sworn to silence by mum and even though she had passed away he is sticking to it. Have I a right to press him to tell.
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5th of July 2014 11:28 PM by Amanda Miller website:
Post 205 Maxine Sherrard Arrington-
Sorry not sure I know Danny W. But Cindy K sounds familular, If the years were around 1969-1972 We were in no 1 The Cottages, at Countesthorpe on the Drive Leicester?. There was a Diane K, I know she had a sister called Cindy, Then there was Mick. Phill. Vik. Wil. Hope this is of any help. Diane now lives in Exeter Devon.
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5th of July 2014 12:54 PM by Paul Bryant
I looking for former children from Coppersale Children Home near Epping.
I was there from about 1973 until 1978 but my brother was there until about 1985 ish .
I anyone know any children or staff from any year form coopersale would be great email me thanks Paul Bryant
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4th of July 2014 05:04 PM by Ken Wise
I have some photos of children living at Aberdare House, West Wykham, Kent ( now London Borough of Bromley). They are unnamed but are good group photos from 1951 I think. I am wondering if they are of any interest to anyone or if somebody can direct me to a place where I might contact people who might be concerned.

Hi Ken
If you send scans to we will preserve them, catalogue them and let people know that they exist.
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3rd of July 2014 09:23 PM by peter rate
Headcorn Local History Society are trying to find out details of a Children's Home that was accommodated in Headcorn Hall. Formally known as "The Hall" Headcorn , Kent. Children at this home attended the village school in Headcorn during the 1950- 1960 period. Any feedback would be most welcomed..
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16th of May 2014 07:20 PM by linda pass
i was in st marys home in 1959 i am trying to find out why i was there as my parent never told me why
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13th of May 2014 09:31 PM by Maggy Gilmour
Acording to info from my very elderly mother, at the time I was born (Dec 1957)she became homeless and we and my older brother and sister apparently stayed at some kind of communal home in or near redhill Surrey. I also understand that my mother had to leave after about 6 months although me and my siblings remained in care for a further 9 or so months.
Does anyone know where this home might have been ? The name, location etc ?
As without this we cant begin to hunt for any surviving records.
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9th of May 2014 10:53 AM by Rosemary Sleigh
I had a family member in the Eden Orphanage in Bolton Lancashire back in the later half of the 1930s.
I was told it was not a nice place, I wondered if anyone else had heard this, My family member would have left about 1942 ish. I would like to find out what date my family member entered the Orphanage is there any way I can find this out?
Thank you for taking the time & trouble to read this.