Ashbrooke

Address: 103 Park Avenue, Enfield, Middlesex
Open: 1968 – Closed 1977 ( Demolished)

‘I don’t remember ever being picked up or held physically at this home.’ ISN Survivor

‘The staff were physical but it wasn’t brutal.’ ISN Survivor

‘FEAR : Didn’t dare not to get out of bed, not to eat dinner up. If BAD would be locked in your room or they would move your bedroom. You’d be threatened to be sent to Stamford House.’ ISN survivor

Council minutes 11.1.66 (different street number)
Islington Council minutes, 1979

Number of ISN survivors that lived at 103 Park Avenue children’s home: 5: 4 men and 1 woman (When living in Ashbrook they were age from 3 – 14 years.)

Numbers of children named by ISN survivors as living at 103 Park Avenue : 11 boys and 5 girls (1968-1978)

Residential staff named by ISN Survivors as working at 103 Park Avenue: 9: 7 women and 2 men. Miss Rowlands was Superintendent for many years and is mentioned in council minutes. One manager took children separately abroad on holiday on her own to Spain and Portugal.

‘ In 1973 the staff changes upset one boy and the other kids,’ Social Work record

Council minutes 5.7.78

Life at 103 Park Avenue children’s home : ISN survivors views:

‘In the 70s there were 16 children in this home. It had massive tudor double doors. The older children had rooms upstairs which was a privilege. There were 2 to a room in smaller bedrooms along a long corridor. There were dorms for boys and girls. It was more isolated when we moved upstairs. There was a massive playroom, a dining room, kitchen and laundry room. There was a massive garden and all the staff lived in the home. There was a small office. There was a sitting room just for Ms X the manager and no-one could go in there.’

It was her room and she entertained Islington Managers there and I had to always make the tea in a big metal teapot – so I got to recognise them all. I knew the Director John Rea Price came for meetings.’

‘It was my job to clean all the shoes kept by the back door by the porch. I cleaned lots of shoes, made lots of beds, made lots of tea. I had to cream the children after Sunday night bath night.’

‘It was a very long walk to school down dark lanes.’

There was a gardener called Fisher who was very old and he came in for breakfast but stayed in the garage in the garden.’

‘Things went missing. I got given a bag of sweets in a green bag by my social worker but they were all gone.’

‘I wrote a letter to John Rea Price and asked to be adopted.’

‘The physical abuse seemed more normal then.’

‘We had navy blue blankets and sheets. Had to make our beds with nurse corners very tight.’

‘One boy constantly ate paper and was very underweight.’

I slept straight and didn’t move. This was so I didn’t have to make my bed in the morning.’

I was dressed up for a line up and a very wealthy man and woman came to chose 2 children to adopt. His name was XXX.’