Ancestry UK

John Cory Home / Sea View, Penarth, Glamorgan, Wales

In 1933, Sea View, a house on Bradford Place, Penarth, was donated to the National Children's Home (NCH) by the family of the late John Cory. The home, variously known as the John Cory Home and Sea View, accommodated 36 girls aged 12 to 16.

The location of the home is shown on the 1954 map below.

John Cory Home site, Penarth, c.1954.

In March 1941, after being severely damaged in an air raid, the children evacuated to other homes and the home closed for the rest of the war. The home re-opened after the war and continued in operation until 1960.

The property no longer exists.


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)