Ancestry UK

Westdene, Westcliffe Road, Southport, Lancashire

In 1943, the National Children's Home (NCH) opened a home at 23 Westcliffe Road, Southport. In 1948, the home accommodated 28 boys and 28 girls.

In 1953, the home moved to new premises at 39 Park Crescent, Southport, which retained the name Westdene. The new home also took in the children from the nearby home at Knowsley Road, Southport, which was felt to be no longer suitable for its purpose.

The Westcliffe Road 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)