Church Lane Children's Home (no. 112), Handsworth Wood

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Date:1971 - 1986 (c.)

Description:112 Church Lane was purchased towards the end of 1970 for use as a children’s home. After being adapted, it was opened in the early 1970s.

It was a three storey building about 60 years old when it was bought by the Council.

On the ground floor it had a porch entrance, vestibule, hall, dining room, lounge, larder, breakfast room, and kitchen. On the first floor there were four bedrooms plus a bathroom and toilet. On the second floor were two more bedrooms and a billiard room. Outside was a garage, laundry, conservatory, coalhouse and toilet.

The building had accommodation for 10 children – boys and girls.

The children’s home closed in August 1986, its function merging with that of Milton Grange.

112 Church Lane was not the only children’s home on Church Lane – there was another farther down the road between 1961 and 2001.

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Image: The building in 2010 photographed with the kind permission of the current owners.
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Source: This history was compiled by the Birmingham Children's Homes Project, an initiative to explore Birmingham City Council-run children’s homes between 1949 and 1990.