Ancestry UK

Birmingham Council Homes

Children's establishments run at some time in their history by Birmingham Council.



  • 7 Nicholls Street, West Bromwich


  • 101 Roundlea Road, Northfield, Birmingham
  • 112 Church Lane, Handsworth, Birmingham
  • 120 Irwin Avenue, Rednal, Birmingham
  • 121 Clopton Road, Sheldon, Birmingham
  • Home for Working Girls, 1-3 Hyperion Road, Birmingham
  • 15 Acorn Grove, Birmingham
  • Beechcroft, 15 Belle Walk, Moseley, Birmingham
  • 150 Church Lane, Handsworth, Birmingham
  • Milton Grange Home for Working Girls, 16 Handsworth Wood Road, Handsworth, Birmingham
  • 18 Braymoor Road, Tile Cross, Birmingham
  • 18 Sunderton Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham
  • 190 Adams Hill, Bartley Green, Birmingham
  • 194 Tile Cross Road, Tile Cross, Birmingham
  • 196 Sunderton Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham
  • Athelstan House Remand/Probation Home, 232 Moseley Road, Birmingham
  • Athelstan House Home, 232 Moseley Road, Birmingham
  • 262 Tunnel Lane, Brandwood Park, Birmingham
  • Highters Heath Hostel for Boys, 27 Highters Close, Birmingham
  • 307 Leach Green Lane, Rednal, Birmingham
  • 308 Packington Avenue, Shard End, Birmingham
  • 33 Fountain Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham
  • 36-38 Millmead Road, California, Birmingham
  • 37 Park Hill, Birmingham
  • The Girls' Shelter, 37 Portland Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham
  • Flint Green House Residential Nursery, 4 Sherbourne Road, Acocks Green, Birmingham
  • 411 City Road, Birmingham
  • 45 Sutton Road, Erdington, Birmingham
  • 49 Merrishaw Road, West Heath, Birmingham
  • Home for Working Girls, 50 Sheridan Walk, Castle Vale, Birmingham
  • 52 Millmead Road, California, Birmingham
  • 7 Chamberlain Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham
  • 72 Longmeadow Crescent, Shard End, Birmingham
  • 75 Ludford Road, Bartley Green, Birmingham
  • 76 Admington Road, Sheldon, Birmingham
  • 76 Alvechurch Road, West Heath, Birmingham
  • Home for Working Boys, 79-81 Duchess Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham
  • 8 Bridgeburn Road, Northfield, Birmingham
  • 8 Shelfield Road, Brandwood Park, Birmingham
  • Jubilee House (later Camborne House), 89 Camborne Close, Aston, Birmingham
  • Acorn Grove Hostel for Boys, Acorn Grove, Ladywood, Birmingham
  • Allenscroft Hostel for Boys, Allens Croft Road, Birmingham
  • Alvechurch Road, West Heath, Birmingham
  • Pype Hayes Hall Nursery and Home, Chester Road, Erdington, Birmingham
  • Copeley Hill Hostel for Boys, Copeley Hill, Erdington, Birmingham
  • Fircroft Remand Home, Fircroft College, Bournville, Birmingham
  • Milton Grange Home/Hostel, Forest Road, Moseley, Birmingham
  • Remand Home for Senior Boys, Forhill House, Forhill, King's Norton, Birmingham
  • Copeley House Hostel, Frankfort Street, Newtown, Birmingham
  • Hawthorne House Residential Nursery, Hamstead Hall Road, Handsworth, Birmingham
  • Middlemore House, Weoley Park Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham
  • Milton Grange Home, Oakwood Road, Moseley, Birmingham
  • Pebble Mill House, 236 Bristol Road, Birmingham
  • Birmingham Union Receiving Home, Summer Hill, 19 Summer Hill Terrace, Ladywood, Birmingham*
  • Aston Union / Birmingham Council Cottage Homes, The Gardens, Fentham Road, Erdington, Birmingham*
  • Appledore, The Gardens, Serpentine Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham§
  • Birmingham
  • Industrial School for Boys / Ansell School / Tennal School, Balden Road, Harborne, Birmingham
  • Birmingham Town Council Industrial School for Boys, Shustoke, Coleshill
  • Shawbury Approved School for Boys, Shustoke, Coleshill
  • The Briars, Weeford Road, Roughley, Sutton Coldfield


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§ indicates homes at some time also run by a borough council.


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 Birmingham 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.