Ancestry UK

Larpool Hall, Whitby, North Riding of Yorkshire

In 1919, the National Children's Home (NCH) opened a new branch at Larpool Hall, a Georgian mansion on Larpool Lane, Whitby. The home could accommodate fifty boys up to sixteen years in age.

Former NCH Home, Larpool Hall, Whitby, 2015. © Peter Higginbotham

The home was closed in 1966 and the boys transferred to a new home in Scarborough.

The Whitby property is now a hotel.


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)