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Coomb Approved School, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, Wales

In 1940, a Junior Approved School for 104 boys was opened by the National Children's Home (NCH) at Coomb, a large old house at Llangynog (or Llangain) near Carmarthen. It housed 'delinquent' boys aged from 10 to 13, placed there by magistrates. Coomb School was particularly used for boys whose fathers were serving in the armed services.

The School closed in around 1955. The property subsequently became a Cheshire Home, providing care and support for the disabled.


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  • 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.


  • 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)