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Norwich children's homes and children in care

Norwich City Council 1930-74

There were 22 Poor Law Unions in Norfolk, including those for the City of Norwich and the Boroughs of King’s Lynn and Great Yarmouth.

These unions were abolished in 1930, under the Local Government Act of 1929.

Norfolk County Council, Norwich City Council and Great Yarmouth County Borough Council took on their duties and properties.

Norwich City Council, as part of these changes, established a children’s sub-committee of the public assistance committee (which became the social welfare committee in September 1941). 

A separate children’s committee was established in July 1948, reporting directly to the council.

The functions of the children’s committee were transferred to the social services committee in November 1970.

The city’s responsibilities for social services were transferred to Norfolk County Council on April 1 1974. 

Records, 1930-74 (general)

  • Children’s sub-committee of public assistance committee (from 1941 social welfare committee) minutes, 1931-49 (N/TC 31/3/1-3)
  • Children’s committee minutes, 1949-70 (N/TC 31/3/4-9)
  • Welfare and children’s maintenance sub-committee, 1948-58 (N/TC 31/4)
  • Social services committee, 1970-74 (N/TC 31/5/1-3)
  • Register of children boarded out, 1936-42 (N/WE 2/5). Closed to public access for 100 years.  
  • Boarding out committee payment books, 1942-54 (N/WE 4/1-2)
  • Creed register of children in care, 1911-32 (N/WE 3/27). Closed to public access for 100 years.  
  • Report books of superintendent of children’s homes, 1935-49 (N/WE 3/12-13)
  • Register of children in homes, 1929-35 (N/WE 2/4). Closed to public access for 100 years.  
  • Relief lists register, recording names of children in each home and numbers of days in each week of each half-year spent in the home, Apr 1933 – Mar 1951 (N/WE 3/28). Closed to public access for 100 years.  
  • Register of children in Norwich discharged from the care of Norwich City Council and (from April 1974) Norfolk County Council, Dec 1950 – Sept 1983 (ACC 2004/101). Closed to public access for 100 years.

Records, 1930-1974 (specific homes)

  • 10 and 12 North Walsham Road [Constitution Hill] Children’s Home admission and discharge register, Feb 1905 – Dec 1934 (boys, Feb 1905 – Mar 1929; mixed, Mar 1929 – May 1931; girls, Dec 1934), with five entries (mixed) for Woodlands, Mar – Oct 1951 (N/WE 3/15). Closed to public access for 100 years.  
  • Children’s home [probably Turner Road Receiving Home] admission and discharge register, Oct 1921 - Apr 1939 (girls, Oct 1921 – Aug 1932; mixed, Aug 1932 – Apr 1939), with pages loosely inserted (mixed), Jan 1953 – Nov 1956 (N/WE 3/16). Closed to public access for 100 years.  
  • Children’s home [probably Turner Road Receiving Home] admission and discharge register, Oct 1921 - Sept 1936 (boys, Oct 1921 – Dec 1932; mixed, Dec 1932 – Sept 1936), (N/WE 3/17). Closed to public access for 100 years.  
  • Children’s home, mixed [unidentified], admission and discharge register, May 1925 – July 1935 (N/WE 3/18). Closed to public access for 100 years.  
  • Brooklyn House Boys’ Home, 58 Earlham Road, record book (including register of children accommodated, fire drills, food provided, important events, punishments), Sept 1948 – Aug 1953 (N/WE 3/29). Closed to public access for 100 years.  
  • Turner Road Receiving Home (mixed) register of children accommodated, Feb 1953 – Sept 1954, and record of food provided, Feb 1953 – May 1954 (loosely inserted in N/WE 3/29). Closed to public access for 100 years.  
  • Thomas Anguish Children’s Home, Lakenham (mixed), record book (including register of children accommodated, fire drills, food provided, important events), Nov 1948 – Apr 1952 (N/WE 3/30). Closed to public access for 100 years.  
  • 100 Newmarket Road Children’s Home (mixed) record book (including register of children accommodated, fire drills, food provided), Mar 1949 – Jan 1953 (loosely inserted in N/WE 3/30). Closed to public access for 100 years.  
  • 9 Unthank Road Children’s Home (mixed) record book (including register of children accommodated, fire drills, food provided, punishments), Apr 1952 – Aug 1955 (N/WE 3/31). Closed to public access for 100 years.  
  • 9 Unthank Road Children’s Home (mixed) log book, 1950-1955 (N/WE 3/26). Closed to public access for 100 years.  

Records, 1930-1974 (medical officer’s report books)

  • Medical officer’s report book relating to 100 Newmarket Road Children’s Home (mixed), Oct 1942 – Oct 1950 (N/WE 3/1). Closed to public access for 100 years.  
  • Medical officer’s report book relating to 10 and 12 North Walsham Road [Constitution Hill] Children’s Home (mixed) [wrongly labelled Thomas Anguish Home], Sept 1921 – May 1940 (N/WE 3/2). Closed to public access for 100 years.  
  • Medical officer’s report book relating to Turner Road Boys’ and Girls’ Receiving Home, Dec 1920 – Feb 1928 (N/WE 3/3). Closed to public access for 100 years.  
  • Medical officer’s report book relating to Turner Road Boys’ and Girls’ Receiving Home, Mar 1928 – Aug 1939 (N/WE 3/4). Closed to public access for 100 years.  
  • Medical officer’s report book relating to 96 Aylsham Road Nursery (mixed), Aug 1921 – Sept 1941 (N/WE 3/5). Closed to public access for 100 years.  
  • Medical officer’s report book [labelled ‘Llandaff’] relating to Botolph Street Girls’ Home, Oct 1921 – Sept 1922, Llandaff Girls’ Home, 80 Grove Road,Sept 1922 – Sept 1941 (N/WE 3/6), and Thomas Anguish Children’s Home, Lakenham (mixed), Oct 1941 – Sept 1950 (N/WE 3/6). Closed to public access for 100 years.  
  • Medical officer’s report book [labelled ‘Boys’ Home’] relating to St Faith’s Lane Boys’ Home to Aug 1932 then Brooklyn House Boys’ Home, 58 Earlham Road, Nov 1921 – Nov 1949 (N/WE 3/7). Closed to public access for 100 years.  
  • Medical officer’s report book relating to Turner Road Children’s Home Clinic (and including children from other Homes), Nov 1922 – July 1931 (N/WE 3/8). Closed to public access for 100 years.