Blackbrook House

Blackbrook House, St Helens, Merseyside

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165 responses to “Blackbrook House

  1. Julie benson

    No don’t know Debbie Hartley wat staff were there wen you were there sharon

    • Jennifer McDonnell

      Julie, Do you remember Joyce Fawcett? She was there early 70’s.

      • Julie benson

        Yes I think I do did she have black hair and from Liverpool was you in there jenifer

      • Jennifer McDonnell

        Joyce was my mother. She was from Birkenhead. She had mousey brown hair. She was courting a lad called John at the time. I have recently read her social services reports, that’s how I found out she was there.

      • Julie benson

        Jenifer are you trying to find your mam

      • Jennifer McDonnell

        No. She passed away in 2012. I was just wondering if anyone remembered her. It would have been nice if someone had a story or two to tell as we never discussed this time of her life.

      • Julie benson

        I am sorry to hear about your mam Jenifer she was a lively girl and all the comments on here about abuse nothing like that happened to us it seems it happened when they turned it into a secure unit and me and your mam would of left then we were in the big old school and gerrard house then the hostel and then you went home for good how many kids did your mam have I vaguely remember them nuns putting your mam on slimming pills she youst to call them black bombers I don’t know if that was legal to put a child on them and she wasn’t obese either did your mam not tell you she was in there we must of bin 13 years old and they were very strict I remember your mam always laughing and getting in trouble and I am sorry wat did she die of if you don’t mind me asking

      • Jennifer McDonnell

        Sounds like Joyce!! Julie, do you have facebook or an email? I can’t seem to be able to use this site on my mobile and have to keep logging into my computer to see your messages.x

      • Jennifer McDonnell

        If you have fb, feel free to look me up. Same name with a picture of a cute smiling boy. Otherwise you can get me at mcdonnell26@aol.com

      • Julie benson

        No sorry Jenifer I don’t have facebook

    • Jennifer McDonnell

      Not to worry, my email is there in the last message and my number is 07745921551.
      I’d love to hear a bit about the time there. From her notes it appears that she wasn’t particularly popular when she first arrived and kept herself to herself but eventually let her guard down and made some friends and worked well, especially looking after the younger ones. She was there for just under 2 years I believe and was married on her 17th birthday.

  2. Adele Mcloughlin

    I was there from 87 to 88. Absolute hell hole. But once I got my head down it wasn’t too bad. I still have scars mentally from there. Remember the first day I got there. It was horrible. Iv got ocd through being in there. And think I have adhd too. Had it all my life. But in the 80s you got put in care if you was naughty. I was in de Paul unit. Staff Jackie whitwam miss Bradley. Miss Lamont loads more who I can’t think of the names. Some really nice staff. Str Elizabeth wasn’t very religious. By being a horror bag. Her and mr lees. Didn’t hear of any sexual abuse going on. They probably was he’s y handed with us. But it went on In them days. Wouldn’t get away with it today !! It would be good someone writing a book on it. Wow what a ace read it would be. I remember miss molyneauw and mr Mcgigan and mr kelsall the pe teacher. Also mr drambouri ,But he sadly died I think. Was in the quiet room a few times. Wearing blue uniform on yellow card. Plastic windows alarmed door. I was in the secure unit for a while. It was actually better in there than the normal units. Mr devicey was ace. I met him and his wife in 94 going to Greece. I also met up with Jackie Whitman (now brunt) a few years ago. My mates in there were Rachel pontin from weybridge in Surrey. We were best mates. Iv
    Done ok in life , luckily !! Because I’m a strong lady but it as had a huge impact on my life. Fucked me up a bit. Took away part of my childhood. So i didn’t get off lightly luckily my kids didn’t go down that path. I have 3 beautiful kids. Girl 24. And 2 boys 13 and 10 all three a huge credit to me. Wish I could go back to blackbrook and have a walk round. Wow it would be such a experience , good and bad memories. But it’s st Catherine’s now. And totally different. Would love to see all the old photos that the nuns had up on the corridors. Of all the sporting events. If anyone remember me get it in touch please

    • Tara Asamoah

      I hated that place when I was younger the 1st day I arrived in the secure unit Mr Lee’s put my arm so far up my back I thought he was gna break it lol

  3. Adele Mcloughlin

    Remember doing big jobs on a Wednesday afternoon. I like ok
    Back now and all I remember is being there to clean and cook and go
    School. What kind of
    Life was that ?? It’s emotional and mental abuse. Would love to meet with the people who decided our fate ! See what mess they caused. Bastards

  4. Adele Mcloughlin

    Sorry for the typos 😑😑😑

  5. Julie benson

    Hi Adele I was in there in the 70s and I do remember sister Elizabeth unfortunately it has been demolished now and houses are in its place so no walking round there I was in there with Pauline Davis and my name is Julie benson I live in Manchester and Pauline lives in Bolton were are you from

    • adele Mcloughlin

      I live in Salford. I do t think they built houses I think they built a new Childrens home. St. Catherine’s secure unit

  6. Julie benson

    Were in Salford do you live adele

  7. Julie Ellis

    My names julie Ellis I was there from 1983 to 1984 I was pregnant at the time I was on or rely unit

  8. Julie benson

    Do you know Adele julie

  9. Julie benson

    Hi Jenifer was your mam a big girl I don’t know about her courting anyone because I live in Manchester and when we went home on home leave we didn’t see anyone till we got back but I vaguely remember Joyce I knew she was from Liverpool do you see your mam

  10. Tara Asamoah

    I remember a girl called Janet Moore Kay black? There was also another girl called denise,joanne alot of the girls were from Sheffield or leeds thou Kay was from Wales & I came from Oxford my name then was Tara lynch

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