Forest House, Horsham, Sussex

In 1951, the National Children's Home (NCH) opened its Forest House nursery home at Winterpit Lane, Mannings Heath, Horsham. The property, a country mansion set in twelve acres of grounds, accommodated twenty babies.

Many of the babies coming to the home were subsequently placed for adoption. Those that remained lived in one of the home's three family groups each supervised by a trained nursery nurse.

The building no longer exists. The Forest Park housing development now occupies the site.

Records

Note: many repositories impose a closure period of up to 100 years for records identifying individuals. Before travelling a long distance, always check that the records you want to consult will be available.

  • Action For Children (formerly the National Children's Home). Can provide access to their own records for individuals who were adopted through the charity or who resided in one of its homes. Help also for those searching for family history information.

Bibliography

  • Bradfield, William The Life of the Reverend Thomas Bowman Stephenson (1913, Kelly)
  • Curnock, Nehemiah The Story of the Children's Home (C.H. Kelly, 1901)
  • Higginbotham, Peter Children's Homes: A History of Institutional Care for Britain s Young (2017, Pen & Sword)
  • Horner, Francis Shadow and Sun (Epworth Press, 1920)
  • Howard, Philip J Philip: a Strange Child (Dalkeith Publishing, 2007)
  • Philpot, Terry Action For Children (Lion, 1994)
  • Walpole, Cecil F. Golden Links (Epworth Press, 1941)

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