Leicester Council Homes
Composite list of children's establishments run (at some time in their history) by Leicester Council.
- 19 Camden Road, Braunstone
- Leicester Union/Council Cottage Homes, The Drive, Cosby Road, Countesthorpe*
- Residential Nursery, The Drive, Cosby Road, Countesthorpe
- The Laurels, Cosby Road, Countesthorpe
- Leicester Union /Council Scattered Home, 109St Saviour's Road, Leicester*
- Hostel for Working Girls / Short-stay Hostel, 136 Westcotes Drive, Leicester
- Residential Nursery, 140 Regent Road, Leicester
- 15 Nether Hall Road, Leicester†
- Leicester Union Scattered Home, 170 East Park Road, Leicester*
- 170 East Park Road, Leicester
- Leicester Union /Council Scattered Home, 2 Dorothy Road, Leicester*
- 2 Tatlow Road, Braunstone Frith Estate, Leicester†
- The Lodge, 3 Mill Hill Lane, Leicester
- 346 Aylestone Road, Leicester†
- 4 Chalgrove Walk, Rowlatt's Hill Estate, Leicester†
- 400 Thurcaston Road, Leicester†
- Leicester Union /Council Scattered Home, 50 Halstead Street, Leicester*
- Leicester Union/Council Receiving Home, 8-10 Mill Hill Lane, Leicester*
- Layton Road Children's Home, Frewin Street, Leicester
- Leicester Industrial School for Boys, Markfield Lane, Desford, Leicester
- Desford School for Boys / Polesbrook House, Markfield Lane, Desford, Leicester
- Hostel for Working Boys, The Oaks, Mill Hill Lane, Leicester
- Woodlands Assessment Centre / Remand Home, Wigston Lane, Aylestone, Leicester
- The Beeches Reception Hostel, 195 Hinckley Road, Leicester Forest East†
- 40 Holmfield Avenue West, Leicester Forest East†
- 84 Station Road, Wigston†
* indicates link to pages on www.workhouses.org.uk.
† indicates homes at some time also run by a county 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 Leicester Council homes may exist at:
- The Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland, Long Street, Wigston Magna, Leicester, LE18 2AH.
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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