Ancestry UK

Mary Yolland Home, Farnham, Surrey

The Mary Yolland Home for Invalid Girls was established in 1909 on Heath Lane at Upper Hale, near Farnham. It was originally designated as an 'Intermediate Home', mainly taking girls from the Home for Incurable Children at Hampstead, who had passed beyond the establishment's upper age limit but who were unable to live independently.

The home was taken over by the National Children's Home (NCH) in around 1955 but was closed two or three years later. An unit bearing the Mary Yolland name was opened at the NCH's Alresford home in 1959.

The Heath Lane building no longer exists.


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.


  • 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)