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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!
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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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10th of December 2014 10:42 PM by rebecca haigh website:
would love to find my friends from the harris x
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10th of December 2014 12:57 PM by Pauline
Looking for anyone that may have memories of my great aunt, Sister Mary Bosco, she taught at St Patricks open air school at Hayling Island from 1939 to 1960.
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28th of November 2014 12:54 PM by roger willsher
lane cottage/ house, walton on the naze. anyone remember willsher family 1961-1964 or mrs. bray who ran the home?
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28th of November 2014 12:22 PM by Barbara fairburn
ime looking for any information on a building on Sussex street ls9 8np it has an inlaid stone that says perseverence building I am thinking perhaps it was an old ragged school because of the lay out four floors which include the basemen! it's a very basic building no Victorian features at all?
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23rd of November 2014 11:24 PM by frank street
i have a collection of photos and some people are taking them off sites i put them on and puting there names on them. ie bands from saint edwards orphanage.i don't mind them doing it but they must let the orphans have copies of them.
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23rd of November 2014 08:51 PM by Cheryl Maughan website:

I am searching for a photograph of Aberdare House, West Wickham (was Kent, now LB Bromley). My grandad was placed there in the 30s or 40s and remained there for some time and he would like a picture.

Ken (post 254), I note you have a picture. If there is any way that you could assist, I would be extremely grateful.
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23rd of November 2014 09:14 AM by ms pamela smith website: http://pam,
st martins girls home herefordshire, for unmarried mothers. trying to trace any info .family history searcher ,my mother was there in 1944-1960. 100 year seceacy order hereford local history informs. have 1 photo of home. anything would be great, my mother has much to say about this home? sadly hereford has hidden this part of its history . many thanks . pam smith
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22nd of November 2014 01:45 AM by Josie Robinson
Looking for contact with people who lived at St Catherine's Convent aka Druids Cross Liverpool UK, run by the Sisters of Charity of St Vincent De Paul, at the same time as I was there, (1959 - 1965) Love to hear how you are doing!
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17th of November 2014 04:03 PM by Alan McKay website:
Many happy days spent at Penkhull cottage homes and holidays spent at Southport.
I was in there from 1943 until 1951 as an orphan.
Would like to make contact with former resident
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16th of November 2014 09:33 PM by Jacqueline pynor
Born susan Anne bryant at 44 lordswood rd and adopted. Was unaware of any full blood siblings only half sisters who I believe emigrated to Australia in 1953. Got any more detail?
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15th of November 2014 04:52 PM by fred stevenson website: http://fred

About 1963 to 1964 i only have vague memories of the school rather like pieces of jigsaw? i suppose it was because i was only seven at the time, I remember playing football, going swimming and the school that i attended looked more like a green-house on stilts oh and by the way that`s gone now, and I also remember the moles in the fields that were hung up by the caretaker? I also recall three names of the dormitories, they were rose, thistle and butterfly,I can only recall one of the nurses names which was staff nurse parry, Does anybody know any other members of staff at this period of time? and am also right in thinking that there is a school song which began at first we come to torpenhow to the music of the happy wanderer? Can anybody help me by filling in these gaps.
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15th of November 2014 04:42 PM by fred stevenson website: http://fred
About 1963 to 1964 i only have vague memories of the school rather like pieces of jigsaw? i suppose it was because i was only seven at the time, I remember playing football, going swimming and the school that i attended looked more like a green-house on stilts oh and by the way that`s gone now, and I also remember the moles in the fields that were hung up by the caretaker? I also recall three names of the dormitories, they were rose, thistle and butterfly,I can only recall one of the nurses names which was staff nurse parry, Does anybody know any other members of staff at this period of time? and am also right in thinking that there is a school song which began at first we come to torpenhow to the music of the happy wanderer? Can anybody help me by filling in these gaps.
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15th of November 2014 01:34 PM by Sharon Darr
Looking for information on my father who was put into care around 1945 his name was Stuart Bright ,he was from beckenham in kent ,before he went into care he had been in hospital for sometime ,does anyone know of a name list for children admitted to home ,I would be most gratefull if anyone has any advice on how to search.
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11th of November 2014 11:57 AM by alan pettley website:
i was in shirley oaks
from 1960 to 1966 and looking for old freinds
from that period
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5th of November 2014 08:07 PM by peter website:
If someone was in Medomsley Cottage home and was infant school age around 1953, where would they have gone to school? or was they educated at the home? if you can help please can you let me know :) thanks
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28th of October 2014 04:14 PM by Chris Code
I too, and my brother, were in St Vincent's Catholic orphanage, Torquay, but after WW2, from about 1952-1954. We were not orphans, but our parents were temporarily separated at the time.

Earlier (1946-1948) we were both at St Marist's orphanage near Stroud. I can find no record that this place ever existed. Where can I look to find information on WW2 Catholic orphanages?
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27th of October 2014 03:13 PM by Bill dennis pre adoption brian holden website: http://Danielle hamlett (under score. ) 93 @ hotmail . Co. Uk
Hi I was born at loreto house bembridge villas bayswater Kensington London. Run by the nuns looking to contact birth mother. Or any one who was in that mother and baby home . I was there in 1957 thanks
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26th of October 2014 09:50 PM by Tina Speed
Hi I am looking for a girl I met at Torpenhow Liverpool late 60 early 70s her name Tina R we wrote to each other a few times I thought it was an hospital I was visiting at the time have only recently realised it was a childrens home any info
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24th of October 2014 04:49 PM by Maureen Taaffe website:
Hi, I am trying to contact Ann H who was living in Nazareth House, Northampton about 55 years ago. If anyone has any information about Ann or where she may be I would be very grateful. At that time my family lived in a little village called Clay Coton in Northamptonshire and we had the village pub there, The Fox and Hounds. We used to visit Nazareth House frequently and at one time Ann came to stay with us. We lost contact when she left Northampton and I often think about her. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks Maureen
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21st of October 2014 04:41 PM by Hazel Taylor
I am desperately trying to locate a childrens home/Home for troubled girls possibly run by Nuns circa 1930-1960? Possibly in the Cramner Street area of St Annes Nottingham? Or Anyone who may remember a Sister Green? 1940-1960 Nottingham. PLEASE can anyone help me??
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21st of October 2014 04:29 PM by Richard O'Brien
Anybody out there who went to ST VINCENT'S ORPHANAGE, MILL HILL, LONDON 1959-1965?
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20th of October 2014 09:07 PM by barbara campbell website: http://barbracampbell@hot
My husband will be 70 next March and he is curious to find out more about a period of his life in the late 50s when he was sent away to a convalescent home in Cheshire called Great Morton Hall. We have tried to find out more about Great Morton Hall at this time, but the only information we can access is its family history. We went on your site, but Morton Hall is not listed there either. Perhaps some former residents may have some information, or if someone could give us some advice on how to find out more information.
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20th of October 2014 04:08 PM by PETER BARNES
Brilliant concept. Our CC denied the past existance of the home and until I visited the hall their records made no mention of its past use. Now they have updated their records. Positive result for me. Found out why I was put in home. Found and made contact with sister after 55 years and am in contact with 4 other recently rediscovered half bros/sis. Even got photo of birth mother. I've no bad memories and life is good. I had the best adopted parents anyone could hope for. But more help is needed when people try to trace their roots after having made sure that they have a realistic view on possible outcomes. Personally , I found the search and discoveries quite amusing what with a double bigamous marriage and the family secrets.
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19th of October 2014 03:05 PM by paul wright
hello i lived in stevenson house in 1971 ish, at edgeworth in bolton, i remeber some freinds and the teachers that where there at the time i was,
Freinds i remember are : stephen m
: robert s
: patric s
: neil w
head teacher : mrs saddler
teachers : sister janet
: miss gainer
: mr breverton sports teacher
the names might be spelt wrong.
if you remeber please comment or contact me on my daughter email:
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17th of October 2014 11:15 PM by Gill Mitchell
My Great Aunt worked at a home for unmarried mothers in Wales, possibly Swansea between 1920 and 1930 I am trying to find out more about her. Her name was Janet Dorcas Rhodes
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15th of October 2014 01:04 PM by Jonathan Bennett website:
I am looking for people who was in nazareth house from 1977 to 1979 I was there with my brother and to sisters maria Michelle and Kevin hopefully to here from you soon
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14th of October 2014 08:01 PM by cyndy
Trying to find the home that Robert Melia [deceased]was placed in when his mother Sarah Melia died in 1933 in Liverpool. I know that it wasn`t Barnardos. Robert was born in 1922 in Woodchurch, The Wirral.
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14th of October 2014 06:12 PM by Rosemary Corcoran
My grandmother had a nanny to look after her 4 children. I believe the nanny who stayed with the family until she died in 1975, long after the children had grown up. She became my grandmother's housekeeper and later companion. She died 16th Jan 1975 in Exmouth, Devon.
The nanny was ELSIE JOHNSON born 5 th March either 1892 or 1893 in Birmingham. I believe she had a brother who became a sailor and I believe she came from a Barnardos Home.
Obviously because I am not a direct relative, although she was so much part of the family, I cannot obtain information from Barnardos. So any info would be great. My family would love to be able to find out more about Elsie who was such an important person in our family.
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13th of October 2014 05:36 PM by Dorothy May
Hi there, what a wonderful site, looking for anyone who spent time at Ivybank in Godalming, circa 1958 - 1962..Thornchase in Merrow, or Woodrough in Bramley...would love to catch up with any children who were here..

My name was Dorothy May Laker, I do remember Jessica at Ivybank with the glorious red hair...and Auntie Bonnie, Auntie Kath, Auntie Jane...
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9th of October 2014 08:21 PM by Maria Bott (Maidan Name Frith)
Hi . I am looking for anyone that was placed in The Holt, Birstall in the late 70's and earlier 80's or know of any staff that worked there at the time. I remember some Staff Tim Andrews, Alistair Hilton, Sue Jennings, and the owner Tony Stamped. I would like to Thank the staff for everything they did for me whilst I was placed in their care it was the most safest place I ever felt throughout my childhood. I also remember a few of the kids there Alex Drummond, Jody,Nicola. If any one can please help then PLEASE contact me
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2nd of October 2014 06:27 AM by P. Sussex
Trying to contact Kenny Bell. He was at St Albans Church of England's Home for Boys Knebworth between (i think) 1971-1973.

I think he stayed around the Letchworth , Hitchin area. Would be overjoyed to have any news.

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2nd of October 2014 02:29 AM by Nicholas Chapman
I was sent to Kimpton House in Southsea in the late 1960s.
I am trying to find out any information about it.
I was only there for a short-time and went home at the weekends.
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30th of September 2014 11:00 PM by Debbie Woods
I am looking for any information about the Birkdale (Nr Southport, Merseyside) Reformatory institiute where my husband's great grandfather was sent as a 12 year old in the early 1890's.

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27th of September 2014 02:40 PM by Susan Lambert
Hello, my first book Christmas at the Ragdoll Orphanage was published by Penguin Books December 2013. I was left at the orphanage only a few days old and was brought up by the Nursery Nanny who worked their at the time. Her love for the children and the inspirational stories she told me were why my book was written. I had a wonderful childhood and my book is about the best in people and my own experiences in the orphanage. The book turned out to be a Sunday Times bestseller and I am now writing a second book based on the stories of the children who spent time there. I am most interested in finding out information regarding what happened to the children in Nazareth House in Newcastle upon Tyne during the second world war. Mum told me she was not sent out as part of the war effort as she had to stay and look after the young children in the Nursery so they must not have been evacuated. There was also a time I think in the 60's when the laundry house was concerted into a Mother and Baby home. Any information at all on the above would be very much appreciated.

Thank you

Susan Lambert
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23rd of September 2014 09:58 AM by Stephen
I am trying to find information on a family member who left us in Sheffield in the 1940s to live in a home in the Exeter area run by / called the Church of the Holy Innocents. Billy had cerebal paulsy and we are trying to find his grave to pay our respects. Anyone know of this home or have any ideas / leads? Thank you. Stephen. nicouls@globalnet
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19th of September 2014 05:58 PM by elaine lewis website:
my mother ivy sly was in the coventry childrens home in 1935 onwards any information would be very helpful
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16th of September 2014 05:03 PM by Gill Jones
Does anyone have any information of a Childrens Home in Lisson Grove, Marylebone in the 1920s. My mother spent her childhood here, but can't remember the name of the home. She does remember one of the guardians, who worked at the home, was called Mr Sutcliffe. Any information would greatly appreciated.
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15th of September 2014 12:15 PM by wanda
my mum patula brimson was in Shirley oaks home with her brother Michael brimson in 1950s
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13th of September 2014 07:20 AM by Christopher Hughes
I was evacuated during WW2 at the age of 4 to The Liverpool Orphanage, in the lake district.
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11th of September 2014 04:43 PM by rinaldo website:
Hi Mary cassidy
Just to let you know although I can not remember your husbands name I was there from 1948 to 1958 if it is of any help and have many memories of the place.
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10th of September 2014 06:31 PM by Emma maxwell
I am trying to find any records of my grandmother Josephine Richards at Nazareth house in cheltenham or bristol? She was sent there in 1923 when she was 2yrs old.
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10th of September 2014 02:34 AM by Donald Badger website:
Looking for information on my great grandfather Adam Badger, believe to have been born around 1858 in Islington. Last known to have living in Islington as per 1871 census and his mother a widow. Immagrated to Quebec Canada, leaving Liverpool May 7 1874. Spoke bitterly about the family.
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9th of September 2014 10:10 AM by Ann Osborne website:
Forgot to add a contact - I was looking for a Susan Ann Bryant (birth name) who was born at 44 Lordswood Road late 1952 (Lordswood Maternity Home) and adopted before end January 1953 - I think she had been placed at the residential nursery close to the Meternity home. Her birth brother - who was also adopted - is looking to contact. Thanks
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9th of September 2014 10:08 AM by Ann Osborne
Hi - looking for a Susan Ann Bryant (birth name) adopted late 1952 early 1953 from Lordwood, Birmingham. She was born at Lordswood aternity Home and then - I think - placed in the nearby residential nursery. Her blood brother is looking to contact,
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7th of September 2014 07:21 PM by janet jones nee russell
i spent a short time in middlemore home selly oak when i was 5/6yrs 1951 and then was sent to shenley fields childrens home (merriland) with my sister jean and later my sister ajaune and brother walter. We had houseparents of Mr & Mrs Platt whoo were truly horrible people with their son Micheal. I was fortunate and went to Bartley Green Girls Grammar school so was really privelidged and cared for . Mr & Mrs Griffin were extremly kind and took me to see my parents and on outings for my education. I was also able to help their son Adrian with his maths for the 11plus exam. My best friend was Christne Cloudsley (nee Bateman) and her parents Frank and Nellie were superb. They looked after the boys in The Trees. Auntie was also their with them. People in Merriland as i recall were Edna Pedley and her brother (Edwin i think) Edward Smith, Irene Woodfield, i can't recall other names at the moment. I was also friendly with Peter Savage, his sister and Elaine Higgins who were in Home 1 I think.When the Platts went we were happy to have Mr and Mrs Sadler with Yvonne and Robert their children. I recall Miss Stallard who bought me a new satchel for my first day at Grammar school and was a lovely dance teacher.
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4th of September 2014 07:53 PM by shirley sweeney website:
i am wondering if anyone has amy information on Harley road childrens home in Nottingham in the late 1940's to 1955 also the red roof childrens help ome and beechwood all homre are in the Nottingham area information is for my mum patsy ann Irvine she was in these homes from 1947 thanks if anyone can x
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3rd of September 2014 08:57 PM by David Evans
Hi, I wondered if anyone attended Strawberry Fields orthanage and maybe one or two more in Liverpool during the late 40s and 50s, my late Mother attended orphanages during this time and I just wondered if anyone out there remembers her, her name was Elizabeth Woods. I am her son and one of the reasons I am posting this request is that I am thinking if someone knew her then they may have been close to her and therefore remember her relationships with the men inher life,I.e. My Father, his name I believe was Jim, Irish decent and already had his own family, my Mother had a fling with him and I would like to know anymore information that someone may be able to give me. I look forward to any replies. Thankyou David.