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Steep Hill House, Lincoln, Lincolnshire

From 1950 to 1962, Steep Hill House at 56 Steep Hill, Lincoln, was the City and County Home for Girls, a remand and training home run by Church of England Temperance Society. In 1968, the Trustees of the Society handed the property to the National Children's Home (NCH) who used it as a home for twelve emotionally disturbed boys. The initial residents were transferred from the NCH's Wellfield home at Harrogate.

The Lincoln home's name was an accurate reflection of its location.

Steep Hill House, Lincoln, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

The property's garden was noted for the mulberry tree growing there.

Steep Hill House, Lincoln, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

Steep Hill House, Lincoln, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

The property is now a private residence.


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.
  • The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU. File BN62/1692 — inspection reports (1950-62). [Access closed for 75 years]


  • 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)