Middlesex County Council Homes

Composite list of children's establishments run (at some time in their history) by Middlesex County Council.

Hertfordshire

London (N/NW Postal Areas)

  • 32 Haringey Park, Crouch End N8
  • Hostel for Boys, 49 Woodside Park Road, Finchley N12
  • Receiving Home, 14 Nicoll Road, Harlesden NW10
  • Connaught House Residential Nursery, Connaught Road, Harlesden NW10
  • Mountfield Residential Club, 66 Shepherds Hill, Highgate N6
  • Red Gables, 113 Crouch Hill, Hornsey N8
  • 108 Sutton Road, Muswell Hill N10
  • 16 Roseberry Road, Muswell Hill N10
  • 54 Muswell Avenue, Muswell Hill N10
  • 71 Fortis Green, Muswell Hill N2
  • 75 Fortis Green, Muswell Hill N2
  • 82 Muswell Avenue, Muswell Hill N10
  • 9 Coppetts Road, Muswell Hill N10
  • Cheriton, 6/8 Prout Grove, Neasden NW10
  • 112-114 Brownlow Road, New Southgate N11
  • 25 Parkhurst Road, New Southgate N11
  • 33 Parkhurst Road, New Southgate N11
  • 13 Torrington Park, North Finchley N12
  • Glencairn, 34 Woodhouse Road, North Finchley N12
  • London Diocesan Hostel, Guilford House, 92/94 Torrington Park, North Finchley N12
  • Camden House Residential Nursery, 103 Chase Road, Southgate N14
  • 9 Whitley Road, Tottenham N17
  • Middlesex CC Remand Home, 49 Church Road, Willesden NW10
  • Receiving Home, Acton Lane, Willesden NW10
  • Barrett's Green Residential Nursery, The Bungalow, Barrett's Green Road, Acton Lane, Willesden NW10
  • Derwent House, 10 Arundel Gardens, Winchmore Hill N21
  • St Peter andSt Paul Home for Babies, Lushington Road, Catford SE6
  • Grangemuir Residential Nursery, 2 South Side, Wimbledon Common SW19
  • 128 Barrowgate Road, Chiswick W4

Middlesex

Surrey

  • Ashford Children's Homes, Staines Institution, London Road, Ashford

* indicates link to pages on www.workhouses.org.uk.

Records

The involvement of local authorities in the running of children's homes dates from 1930, when they took over the running of the poor relief system previously administered by Boards of Guardians. Surviving records for council-run children's homes may be held in each council's own internal archives. Prior to 1991, however, when a legal requirement was introduced for councils to retain records of children leaving their care, the survival of such records is very variable. Contact details for local authorities in the UK can be found on the website of the Care Leavers Association (CLA). The CLA also provides guidance on accessing childhood care files, which are normally only open to the individuals they relate to.

Locating local authority records has been complicated by the various local government reorganizations that have taken place in recent times, such as the abolition of the London County Council in 1965, and the major nationwide restructuring in 1974 in which many administrative areas were created, amended or eliminated.

Older records may sometimes be placed with the relevant county or borough record office. Many of these repositories have online catalogues of their holdings and also contribute to the National Archives' Discovery database. Note that records containing personal data usually have access closed for a period of fifty years or more.

Older material relating to Middlesex Council homes may exist at:

Some records relating to council-run homes, for example inspection reports (though not resident lists etc.), are held by The National Archives (TNA). A closure period may apply to these records.

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