The Stevenage Homes

Address: 17 The Muntings, 28 The Muntings, 26 Peartree Way, 39 Peartree Way, 66 Hydean Way, 39 Angle Ways.

All these homes are listed on the Childrenshomes.org website as Islington Council children’s homes based in Stevenage, Hertfordshire

KEY: A = 17 The Muntings, B = 28 The Muntings, C = 26 Peartree Way, D = 39 Peartree Way, E = 66 Hydean Way, F = 36 Angle Ways
17 and 28 The Muntings, Leaves Spring, Stevenage, Herts

Open: 1977 – 1981 ?

Number of ISN survivors that lived at 17 and 28 The Muntings children’s homes. 4 girls aged 2 – 15 years. 1 girl moved to The Muntings when Collins Meadow children’s home closed in 1981

Numbers of children living at 17 and 28 The Muntings children’s homenamed by ISN survivors: 10 boys and girls. 1 girl is said to have lived at number 28 but no other records state the number of the house the child was in.

Residential staff named by ISN survivors as working at The Muntings

3 women

Life at 17 and 28 The Muntings children’s homes

There are very few records about these homes. In 1980 one boy age 13 was refused a place there on the grounds that children from London did not settle in Stevenage and as there were no male staff. It was said by a manager that the children could go to a large leisure centre nearby and that the school was good. One girl who was very young was described as very active and had to be ‘restrained.’

26 and 29 Peartree Way, Leaves Spring, Stevenage, Herts

Open: 1979-1985?

Numbers of ISN survivors who lived in Peartree Way children’s homes: 0

Number of children in Peartree Way children’s homes named by ISN survivors: 3: 2 boys age 14 years and 1 girl age 13 years. There are no records of which houses they lived in.

Residential staff named by ISN survivors as working at Peartree Way: 1 woman

Life in Peartree Way children’s homes

No information available

66 Hydean Way, Leaves Spring, Stevenage, Herts

Open: 1969-1973?

Numbers of ISN survivors who lived in Hydean Way children’s home

3: 2 girls and 1 boy all were aged 14 years

Numbers of children named by ISN survivors as living in Hydean Way children’s home: 8

5 girls and 3 boys (4 teenagers and 4 young children)

Residential staff named by ISN survivors as working in Hydean Way children’s home: 8 women and 3 men

Life at 66 Hydean Way children’s home

Two big council houses were joined together with 1 front door in the middle. One girl went to Stevenage College and passed her exams and said the town was safe. One survivor told ISN that at this home she was treated as a human being and not a 2nd class citizen. Social work visits were twice a year or more often if needed. A social worker commented on the married couple in charge as having an easy, relaxed way with teenagers. However in 1971 there was a change of managers and the social worker described them as ‘new and inexperienced – needing support’ and said that the children were having to adjust to a different, more controlled, regime.

Herts and Essex Observer, 12.07.1968
36 Angle Ways, Leaves Spring, Stevenage, Herts

No information available on this home