Manchester City Council

Libraries Poor Law and Workhouse Records

Styal Cottage Homes

Styal Cottage Homes was founded in 1898 for the care of children under the control of the Chorlton Board of Guardians. It 1929 it was transferred to the Education Committee of Manchester City Council and closed in 1956.

Manchester Central Library holds log books for the home, 1904-1956 (ref: Archives GB127.M66/84 - RESTRICTED ACCESS). However, these very rarely mention the names of individual children.

Manchester City Council Childrens' Services hold some admission registers 1903-1956 for the home. Enquiries regarding these records should be made in writing to Childrens Services (mcsreply@manchester.gov.uk).

We hold copies of the following books which are available at Manchester Central Library:

  • James Stanhope-Brown, Manchester to Styal via Swinton: a glimpse of child welfare in times past (Countryside, 1989) (362.723 ST)
  • James Stanhope Brown, A Styal of Its Own 1894-1964 (C. Pothecary, c.1989) (362.723 ST)

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