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Surrey County Council Homes

Children's establishments run at some time in their history by Surrey County Council.




  • Squirrels, The Horseshoe, Bolters Lane, Banstead
  • Banstead Hall School for Boys, Brighton Road, Banstead
  • Seatoller, Station Road, Bramley
  • Lanarth, Heatherley Road, Camberley
  • Pinehurst, 141 Park Road, Camberley
  • St Andrew's Home / Robinsfield, 35 Whyteleafe Road, Caterham
  • Faircroft, 73 Between Streets, Cobham
  • Collingwood, 6 Seymour Road, East Molesey
  • Dilkhush, 4 Seymour Road, East Molesey
  • Residential Nursery, Wells House, Spa Drive, Epsom
  • The Elms, 5 Fairfield, Farnham
  • Eversfield, Marshall Road, Godalming
  • Ivybank, 40 Nightingale Road, Godalming
  • Lesslands, Busbridge lane, Godalming
  • Woodcroft, 7 Croft Road, Godalming
  • Woodlands, 12 Charterhouse Road, Godalming
  • Broomfield, 84 Epsom Road, Guildford
  • Residential Nursery, Hurlands, Puttenham, Guildford
  • Kingsdown Lacy, 25 Warwicks Bench, Guildford
  • Pilgrim Wood, Sandy Lane, Guildford
  • The Homestead, Warren Road, Guildford
  • Woodrough, Birtley Road, Bramley, Guildford
  • Residential Nursery, Hollyridge, Midhurst Road, Haslemere
  • Penfolds Residential Nursery, Penfolds Corner, Haslemere
  • Woodlawns, Bunch Lane, Haslemere
  • Residential Nursery, Ardquin, Hazel Grove, Hindhead
  • Residential Nursery, Grey Gables, Churt Road, Hindhead
  • Hillgarth, Churt Road, Hindhead
  • Malvern House, Foxley Road, Kenley
  • Residential Nursey, Hayes Court, Hayes Lane, Kenley
  • Warren Gate Residential Nursery, Kingston Hill, Kingston upon Thames
  • Canons Court, 50 Cannon Grove, Fetcham, Leatherhead
  • Dempster Residential Nursery, St Mary's Road, Long Ditton
  • Dean House, 95 Nutfield Road, Merstham
  • Falkenham, 113 Nutfield Road, Merstham
  • Brenley, Cedars Avenue, Mitcham
  • Remand Home, Pentlands,St George's Road, Mitcham
  • 'Shern' Central Children's Homes, 132 Kingston Road, New Malden
  • Reigate Union / Surrey Council Scattered Homes, 25-27 Hardwick Road, Meadvale, Redhill*
  • Hostel for Mentally Subnormal Children, Sendhurst Grange, Woodhill, Send
  • Court Lees Boys' Farm Home / Hays Bridge School, Byers Lane, South Godstone
  • Hays Bridge School, Byers Lane, South Godstone
  • Glenthorne, 33 Rookery Road, Staines
  • Cambria Residential Nursery, 52 Berrylands Road, Surbiton
  • Carisbrooke, 12 St Matthew's Avenue, Surbiton
  • Camperdown, 146 Woodcote Road, Wallington
  • Residential Nursery, Aigburth, Mile Path, Woking
  • Hostel for Mentally Subnormal Children, Aigburth, Mile Path, Woking
  • Dorincourt, Elm Road, Woodham Rise, Woking
  • Residential Nursery, Highlands, Danes Hill, Woking
  • Verralls Hostel for Boys, Maybury Hill, Woking
  • Hook Heath Farm, Pond Road, Woking
  • Burbank, Wych Hill, Woking
  • Kinton School / The Oaks Centre, Mayford Green, Woking

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The involvement of local authorities in the running of children's homes dates from 1930, when they took over the running of the poor relief system previously administered by Boards of Guardians. Surviving records for council-run children's homes may be held in each council's own internal archives. Prior to 1991, however, when a legal requirement was introduced for councils to retain records of children leaving their care, the survival of such records is very variable. Contact details for local authorities in the UK can be found on the website of the Care Leavers Association (CLA). The CLA also provides guidance on accessing childhood care files, which are normally only open to the individuals they relate to.

Locating local authority records has been complicated by the various local government reorganizations that have taken place in recent times, such as the abolition of the London County Council in 1965, and the major nationwide restructuring in 1974 in which many administrative areas were created, amended or eliminated.

Older records may sometimes be placed with the relevant county or borough record office. Many of these repositories have online catalogues of their holdings and also contribute to the National Archives' Discovery database. Note that records containing personal data usually have access closed for a period of fifty years or more.

Older material relating to Surrey Council homes may exist at:

Some records relating to council-run homes, for example inspection reports (though not resident lists etc.), are held by The National Archives (TNA). A closure period may apply to these records.