Ancestry UK

Elswick House, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland

In 1920, a home for forty-one children was opened by the National Children's Home (NCH) at Elswick House, a large property on Elswick Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, that had been donated to the charity.

In around 1930, the home became known as the Lady Stephenson Home and in the early 1930s became a boys' home having previously been mixed.

The location of the home is shown on the 1937 map below.

Elswick House site, Newcastle upon Tyne, c.1936.

In 1954, the home moved to new premises at Stelling Hall, some fourteen miles to the west of Newcastle.

The Elswick House property no longer exists and modern housing now covers the site.


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)