Nottinghamshire County Council Homes
Composite list of children's establishments run (at some time in their history) by Nottinghamshire County Council.
- Bingham Union / Nottinghamshire Council Home, Fairfield Street, Bingham*
- Bingham Children's Home, Kirkland House, Kirkhill, Bingham
- Bingham Union / Nottnghamshire Council Home, Union Street, Bingham*
- Homelea, Bleasby
- Basford Union / Nottinghamshire Council Cottage Homes, 107-121 Highbury Road, Bulwell*
- Rose Cottage, Bulwell
- 88 First Avenue, Carlton
- Brooklands, Mansfield
- Edwinstowe Hall, Edwinstowe, Mansfield
- Layton Burrow, Mansfield
- Mansfield Union / Nottinghamshire Council Scattered Home (Boys), Rock House (Emily Manners' Boys' House), Ratcliffe Gate, Mansfield*
- The Ridge, Mansfield
- Mansfield Union / Nottinghamshire Council Scattered Home (Girls), West Lodge, 102 Chesterfield Road South, Mansfield*
- Newark Union / Nottinghamshire Council Scattered Home (Girls), Broughton House, 96 Main Street, Old Balderton, Newark*
- Reception and Observation Centre, South Collingham Hall, Newark
- Forest Lodge Working Hostel for Girls, First Avenue, Forest Fields, Nottingham
- Hamilton Court Working Boys' Hostel, Hamilton Road, Sherwood Rise, Nottingham
- Brick House, Radcliffe-on-Trent
- Risley Hall School, Derby Road, Risley
- Caudwell House, Southwell
- Bayliss House Working Hostel for Boys, Southwell
- Skegby Hall School, 40 Mansfield Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield
- Worksop Union / Nottinghamshire Council Home (Girls), 37 Potter Street, Worksop*
- Remand Home for Boys, Ashley House, Sunnyside, Carlton Road, Worksop
- Repton Lodge, Worksop
* indicates link to pages on www.workhouses.org.uk.
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 Nottinghamshire Council homes may exist at:
- Nottinghamshire Archives and Southwell Diocesan Record Office, County House, Castle Meadow Road, Nottingham NG2 1AG.
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.
- Higginbotham, Peter Children's Homes: A History of Institutional Care for Britain s Young (2017, Pen & Sword)
- Urquhart, Gloria (2020) Nobody's Child: The True Story of Growing up in a Yorkshire Children's Home
- Cooke, Allan Institutionalized in a Children's Home: Skellow Hall 1950-1963 — a true story of a child and children in a home (2012, Authorhouse)
- Cummings, Les Forgotten: The Heartrending Story of Life in a Children's Home
- Limbrick, Gudrun The Children of the Homes: a century of Erdington Cottage Homes
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