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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.
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2nd of September 2014 08:04 PM by J
I'm looking for anyone who lived at the Nazareth House in Plymouth from April 1970 - November 1971.
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31st of August 2014 09:47 PM by Susan burton website:
This is a message to post 294.... My dad was in that home in 1952 his name was john burton does his name ring a bell to you?
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30th of August 2014 12:15 PM by Mrs Jenny Towey
On clearing my late mother's home I found a silver cup inscribed on the front with "The Ford Cup. Leopold House School. Reading." On the back it has "Presented by Mr & Mrs W A Ford. Tilehurst. July 1932". Does anyone know anything about this school in the 1930s, please?
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29th of August 2014 01:03 PM by ms pamela smith
trying to trace a former girls home for unmarried mothers in herefordshire in the 1945-50. the home a former convent was in walniut tree avenue, one picture found of a small brick wall where it once stood nothing else, family tree searcher, for my elderly mother who would love some info to add to her memories. she was the very last girl in this home before its closurer many thank .
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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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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