Hampshire County Council Homes
Composite list of children's establishments run (at some time in their history) by Hampshire County Council.
- Hatch House, Alton
- Hill House, Alton
- Copsehill, 28 Shepherd's Row, Andover
- Hillview, Dene Path, Dene Road, Andover
- Uplands, Dene Path, Dene Road, Andover
- Woodend, 26 Shepherd's Row, Andover
- Kents Oak, Awbridge
- 36 Martin Close, Basingstoke
- Home for Wage Earning Girls, 49 Cliddesden Road, Basingstoke
- Maryland, Basingstoke
- Boys' Garden Colony, Southview House, Vyne Road, Basingstoke
- Woodlands, Basingstoke
- Foresters, 1 Rhinefield Close, Brockenhurst
- Farleigh Dene, Cliddesden
- Central Nursery, Tilden Road, Compton
- Compton 'A' and 'B' Homes, Tilden Road, Compton
- Lavender Cottage, Dippenhall Street, Crondall
- Rosemary Cottage, Pankridge Street, Crondall
- Farnham &Hartley Wintney District School / Hampshire Council School, Wimble Hill, Crondall*
- Home for Boys, Stonecroft, 8 Leigh Road, Havant
- St Nicholas Home, Nations Hill, Headbourne Worthy
- St Margraret's Home for Boys, Nations Hill, Headbourne Worthy
- Solent Cottage, Hill Head
- Horndean House (Boys), Horndean*
- St Margaret's Home, Nations Hill, Kings Worthy*
- St Nicholas' Home, Nations Hill, Kings Worthy*
- St Boniface Home for Boys, 20-21 Marine Parade West, Lee-on-the Solent
- St Catherine's Nursery, Lee-on-the Solent
- Five Trees, Liss
- Merryfield, Liss
- Bench View, Southampton Road, Lyndhurst
- Redcroft, 18 George Road, Milford-on-Sea
- Glendalyn, New Milton
- Sunnyfield, Odiham
- The Mead, Cemetery Hill, Odiham
- Residential Nursey / Children's Home, Crossways, Milkingpen Lane, Old Basing
- Kents Oak Home for Boys, Awbridge, Romsey
- Reception Home / Boys ' Home, Palmerston House, Botley Road, Romsey
- St Edward's School, Melchet Court, Sherfield English, Romsey
- Glen House Remand Home, Glen Road, Sarisbury Green, Southampton
- Residential Nursery, Westwood, Swanwood
- Meon Cottage, Bedford Lane, Wickham
- Springfield, Bedford Lane, Wickham
- Remand Home for Boys, Ashbourne Lodge, Andover Road, Winchester
- Reception Home, Palm Hall, Northbrook Avenue, Winchester
- Milesdown Home for Boys, Quarry Road, Winchester
- Remand Home for Girls, Red Hatch, Andover Road, Winchester
- St Cross Mede Nursery, St Cross, Winchester
- Winton House School, Winton House, Andover Road, Winchester
- Abbey Wells, Woolton Hill
Isle of Wight
* 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 Hampshire Council homes may exist at:
- Hampshire Record Office, Sussex Street, Winchester SO23 8TH.
- Portsmouth City Records Office, Portsmouth History Centre, Central Library, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 2DX.
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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