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West Norwood Woodvale Childrens Home  

Hi
I was in Woodvale from 1956 to 1959 together with three of my brothers. I wandered what happened to the home. If you get any pictures of woodvale could you send me copies?
Bruce Grant


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West Norwood  

Dear Roger

My mother went to woodvale childrens home in 1957 and I am trying to locate any photos for around that time and up to 1959 when she left, to see if I am lucky enough to find a photo of her at that age. If you have any information on old photos or old records I would too, be very interested. My email is:  Mail-me 

With many thanks and kind regards

claire hobson

Post reply -->London West Norwood claire hobson 28 Mar
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West Norwood  

I was in there 1950-54, cant remember the name of the house I was in ,but the housemasters name was Mr Thomas, he was a ex marine.

Post reply -->London West Norwood Barry Poplett. 15 Jun
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West Norwood  

I was in Woodvale from January 1959 for about 10 months, for not attending school. I have at last found a photo taken with a group of about 30 boys which was taken in the home. I know that I also have another photo when we went on a weeks holiday to Deal in Kent, with a group of children on the beach.

Post reply -->London West Norwood Terry Tiernan 29 Dec
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West Norwood  

i too would like to know more about the home i was there in 1951 iv got photos of me sitting on the steps i rember the big iron gate as you went in

Post reply -->London West Norwood linda byrne 27 Jan
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my name is bridgetmonaghan iand my two sisters were placed in southvale in 1979 and would like our old records my e-mail is bridgetmonaghan@ymail .com

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i was sent to wood vale in 1954 i was in elms house for three years then sent to hutton resindential school in shenfield essex for a further three years i dont remember much about the home i ran away once but had some good times there i went to the lake district on holiday with the school and scarborough my name is ken

Post reply -->London West Norwood ken kaleher 23 Oct
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West Norwood Roger firth  

Hi Roger, I was in Norwood circa 1954-1959. I recently tried to find the home with no success, but I remember singing a ditty:
There is a mouldy dump down Norwood way, where we get bossed about 10 times a day. Eggs and bacon, we don't see, we get sawdust in our tea. That's why we're gradually fading away. The nurses are so barmyy, the matron is as bad, but when it comes to Cummins, he nearly drives us mad. Saying, get out of it, get out of it, before you get a clout. Good times........would like to hear from you. Ps my email address is  Mail-me 

Post reply -->London West Norwood Colin Brown 17 Jun
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West Norwood lovitz111 @yahoo.com  

Hi I was there. 1961 live in house on gipsy hill biff and Wolfy are 2 lads I rember

Post reply -->London West Norwood leon 23 Jun
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West Norwood xchristineharvey@yahoo.co.uk  

Go to Facebook memories of west norwood
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Post reply -->London West Norwood chris 11 Jul
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West Norwood Paul brooks  

I was in woodvale in the 1950s before I went to bee home in Banstead Surrey  Mail-me  That's beecholme

Post reply -->London West Norwood paul brooks 23 Nov
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West Norwood tony.toft@btopenworld.com  

Hi Bruce I may know you or your brothers were they in the Elms Or Larches House.I was in the Elms around that time Ted Pym-Hember

Post reply -->London West Norwood Ted Pym-Hember 21 Oct
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West Norwood tony.toft@btopenworld.com  

To all who may remember me and I them .
Please post on Woodvale

Post reply -->London West Norwood Ted Pym-Hember 21 Oct
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West Norwood  

hi ted my name is ronnie godber i was there from 60 to 64 i wood love here from you

Post reply -->London West Norwood ronnie 22 Feb
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West Norwood  

Hi. Iwas at Woodvale between 1953- 1956.7 Alice.

Post reply -->London West Norwood alice_ e_mercieca@hotmail.com 28 Feb
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West Norwood  

Hallo Ted,

Don't be despondent, I was at Wood Vale also. I think I was 14 when taken there by the police, just because I was wandering around St. James's Park at midnight! My arrival there led to an experience or two that has caused me a problem for the rest of my life.
I don't remember the House name, although it may have been Larches. The Master's name was Mr. Lawton and the assistant was known as 'Slim'


Post reply -->London West Norwood colin howard sucol.howard@ntlw 25 Aug
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West Norwood  

Hello
My name is Terry Tiernan
i was at woodvale from about 1958 for just over a year as far as I can recall I was in Cedar's I do remember that my number was 28 and going into the washroom every morning my toothpaste would be ready with paste at the ready, also Pop Ellan, as I remember there was house also called Willows, Beeches I think that there were 6 house in all. I do have a couple of photographs which are rather small but seem amazing as all the children are wearing short trousers. I would love to meet up and share memories.
all the best
Terry Tiernan

Post reply -->London West Norwood Terry Tiernan 13 Dec
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West Norwood  

Hello i am trying to trace any information about the Jewish orphanage in west norword. In particular about the Goldman children Harry and Terry ( real name Sheila)
Can you help.
Contact:  Mail-me  Thanks

Post reply -->London West Norwood Nicky savva 9 Feb
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West Norwood Hi Kids of Woodvale,  

I was in Woodvale around 1955/56. I was placed there in need of care and protection. I do not have many memories of my time there. I do remember two girls Lillian O'Connor from Ireland and Zona Fishpool. We were on the track team together. I also remember one of the boys, maybe two. The first is Brian Roberts he moved to South Africa when he left to be with his Dad. The other was Ralph, I cannot remember his last name, he was a red head.
I now live in Aptos in Santa Cruz County near to San Francisco, California. I am married and have one daughter, Hayley.....that's is my contribution to my English heritage. I am wondering if anyone remembers me or my friends. I would love to hear from you.

Post reply -->London West Norwood June (Lawrence) Fullerton 15 Nov
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West Norwood  

I was there in 1952 Mr Thomas was in Beach house

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I was there in 1952 Mr Thomas was in Beach house

Post reply -->London West Norwood Tony L 1 Feb
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West Norwood  

i remember just two names edward cutler and a german boy named gaskin cant remember his first name


Post reply -->London West Norwood 27 Oct
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West Norwood My Name is Raymond Channon I was a Norwood boy 1955-1967  

I was in the big building before it got torn down and houses bought in the area and then i was in Mrs Harts house and also in Mrs Kostick's house but i do not remember woodvale if you are seeking any personal files or information about your time there you may find like my files that they burnt and not entered onto the computer system when they updated there systems

Post reply -->London West Norwood raymond channon 14 Nov
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West Norwood  

I was there at tghe same time as you were... We were in the Larches...

Post reply -->London West Norwood Burrows 28 Feb
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West Norwood weininn@web.de  

Hallo Barry !
I was in Woodvale during the early 50s. I think I was at Larches House, but cant remember to much about the House Master ect. I have quite happy memories of Woodvale and if you have time please contact me. Since leaving the Army, I have lived in Germany.

Post reply -->London West Norwood Ian Neaale 3 Jan
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West Norwood woodvale pictures  

Go on to Facebook look for memories of west norwood their are pictures of woodvale ask to be member and I will add you

Post reply -->London West Norwood chris 11 Jul
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West Norwood  

hello bridget i was in southvale and highland rd around the same time my name is jimmy emery was u flat sharing with tracey in brixton rd my email is  Mail-me 

Post reply -->London West Norwood jimmy emery 7 Jul
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West Norwood  

Hi, my name is John and I was at woodvale from Easter 1959 to march 1960 and I remember going to Deal on a weeks holiday . A boy nicknamed poodle I think stole some cigarettes out of the hotel bar (Rays bar?) which I didn't know and I got in trouble for looking after them. I would like to see any photos you have. My email is.  Mail-me 

Post reply -->London West Norwood John Titchmarsh 8 Jul
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West Norwood  

hi bruce its me andy your brother?I always thought we were there for two years?.We were sent to Newington lodge first.1957 for six months and then to woodvale childrens home for two years,from which I ran away,but was caught and sent to Stanford house Borstal for two weeks.!then returned to woodvale for the remaining part of the two years.We were then sent to Beech-home Banstead surry.for two years.We were then repatriated with our parents 1962 to Leighpark Nr Havant Hampshire.Going back to woodvale. It always haunts me crossing the road a girl got run over and killed.outside the main gate, blonde hair,about six years old?the skin of her face was stuck to road, the car which I now know was a light brown Austin severn. it never stopped.!! The only members of staff who I can remember a navy guy who taught us boxing and a mr Cummings house master.

Post reply -->London West Norwood Andrew grant 20 Jul
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