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East Sussex County Council Homes

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

  • St Nicholas Nursery, Beckworth
  • Hostel for Working Boys and Girls, 126 Dorset Road, Bexhill-on-Sea
  • 38 Pankhurst Rise, Sidley, Bexhill-on-Sea
  • 39 Sutherland Avenue, Bexhill-on-Sea
  • Mile Oak School, Mile Oak Road, Portslade, Brighton
  • Marle Place, Leylands Road, Burgess Hill
  • Shelley's Reception Centre, Southway Road, Burgess Hill
  • Walsh Manor School, Walshes Road, Crowborough
  • Tentercroft Hostel for Mentally Handicapped Children, Broad Street, Cuckfield
  • Orchard House Hostel for Mentally Handicapped Children, Hanlye Lane, Cuckfield
  • Horsegate Residential Nursery, Cuckfield
  • St Nicholas Residential Nursery, Cuckfield
  • Woodlands, London Road, East Grinstead
  • 3 Bowley Road, Hailsham
  • Pevensey House, Hassocks
  • Remand Home, Stonepound House, North Bank, Hassocks
  • 51 Penn Crescent, Haywards Heath
  • The Yews Hostel for Working Boys and Girls, 55 Boltro Road, Haywards Heath
  • Avenue House, The Avenue, Lewes
  • Glebe House, Rotten Row, Lewes
  • Field Cottage, Harrisons Lane, Ringmer
  • Southdown House, Firle Road, Seaford
  • St Wilfrid's, Ham Road, Shoreham by Sea*
  • 1 Manor Close, Uckfield

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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 East Sussex 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.