Ancestry UK

Danesbury School for Boys, Hertford, Hertfordshire

On 11th November, 1936, the Danesbury School for Boys was formally certified to operate as an Approved School in premises at Warren Park Road, Hertford. The property had originally been Bengeo School, built in the 19th century as preparatory school for Haileybury School.

Danesbury was under the management of Hertfordshire County Council. The School initially accommodated up to 45 Junior Boys aged below their 13th birthday at the date of admission, the number subsequently being increased to 52.

In 1973, Danesbury became a Community Home with Education (CHE).

The Home closed in 1982 and the buildings no longer exist.


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.

  • None identfied at present — any information welcome.


  • Higginbotham, Peter Children's Homes: A History of Institutional Care for Britain's Young (2017, Pen & Sword)
  • Hyland,Jim Yesterday's Answers: Yesterday's Answers: Development and Decline of Schools for Young Offenders (1993, Whiting and Birch)
  • Millham, S, Bullock, R, and Cherrett, P After Grace — Teeth: a comparative study of the residential experience of boys in Approved Schools (1975, Chaucer Publishing)