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Children's Homes (Paperback)

A History of Institutional Care for Britain’s Young

British History Social History

By Peter Higginbotham
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 310
ISBN: 9781526701350
Published: 2nd August 2017


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'A comprehensive history of the various British institutions that have provided care for children and young people over past centuries' - Family Tree magazine, November 2017 

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What image does the word ‘orphanage’ conjure up in your mind? A sunny scene of carefree children at play in the grounds of a large ivy-clad house? Or a forbidding grey edifice whose cowering inmates were ruled over with a rod of iron by a stern, starched matron? In Children's Homes, Peter Higginbotham explores the history of the institutions in Britain that were used as a substitute for children’s ‘natural’ homes. From the Tudor times to the present day, this fascinating book answers questions such as: Who founded and ran all these institutions? Who paid for them? Where have they all gone? And what was life like for their inmates? Illustrated throughout, Children's Homes provides an essential, previously overlooked, account of the history of these British institutions.

A detailed analysis of the many institutions which have cared for our young from Tudor times onwards.

Evergreen, Winter 2017

Children's Homes cannot be faulted on its extensive information on all manner of children's homes, but this is not to the detriment of the narrative, which ensures keeping the reader's interest throughout.

Suffolk FHS

Peter Higginbotham is known for his expertise on workhouses, so it is no surprise he has written about institutions for children in care. It is a well-researched overview of children's homes, starting with Christ's Hospital, given by Henry VIII to the City of London for relief of the poor.

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, November 2017 - reviewed by Janet Sacks

'Meet the author' feature & review

Peter Higginbotham's expertise is something to marvel at. Since 2000 he has painstakingly built up a website which is quite simply the definitive guide to the workhouse system, aided by his numerous books on the subject. As if this weren't quite enough, since 2012 he has applied his same meticulous approach to the subject of children's homes and orphanages. This is his first major book on the subject, and any family historian with forebears who spent their childhood in an institution of this kind will benefit from a copy.

Read it for: An expert, authoritative guide to the history of children's homes in Britain

Your Family History, November 2017

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Antiques Diary, November - December 2017

That this book is well-researched is very evident...

The mater of the Index notwithstanding, it is possible that this volume may become a major research-tool for those interested in British social history, orphanages, child welfare and the evolution of child foster care within Great Britain.

NZ Crown Mines

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Ilkley Gazette

About Peter Higginbotham

Peter Higginbotham is an established author, best known for his work on the workhouse through six books (The Workhouse Encyclopedia, Grim Almanac of the Workhouse, Workhouse Cookbook etc.), his website workhouses.org.uk, magazine articles, and participation in TV programmes such as Who Do Think You Are? and Heir Hunters. In recent years Peter been extensively researching the history of children’s homes, which he details in his website http://www.childrenshomes.org.uk/.

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