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Ebley House, Stroud, Gloucestershire

The Ebley House branch of the National Children's Home (NCH) was opened in 1921 at 235 Westward Road, Ebley, near Stroud. In 1930, it was recorded as having accommodation for sixty boys and girls up to the age of 16.

Ebley House NCH home, near Stroud.

Ebley House NCH home, near Stroud.

Ebley House NCH home, near Stroud.

Ebley House children parade through Ebley, near Stroud.

From 1943, the home was used for babies and children under five. The nursery department later provided day-care facilities for children in the local area as well as those resident in the home.

Girls at the Ebley House NCH home, near Stroud, c.1940. © Peter Higginbotham

The property was later used as offices. In 2007 it was taken over for use as a Steiner school.


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)