In 1951 a new development was taking place on the corner of City Road and Corton Road where St Marks Vicarage had stood prior to being bombed during the 2nd World War. It was being built following a public appeal from the Free Church Council to provide the first purpose built voluntary run home for older people in England. 

The idea for Corton House came after an Eventide Home in Chester Place had been so successful that it was decided to raise funds to build on the bombed site.

A Management Committee which included The Reverend and Mrs Sydney Myers was appointed and Youngs of Norwich Builders who were based opposite the site were given the contract to build the home.

In 1952 the Lord Mayor, Mr Eric Hinde, turned the key in the main front door and opened Corton House. The staff consisted of a Matron, Deputy Matron, day and night attendants and trained domestic help. As time has moved on we have continued to build on to Corton House and increased our rooms to 42 with a staff of 60. 

We then built and opened our Warden controlled sheltered housing complex, Brakendon Close in 1970 which consists of flats and bungalows.

As a not-for-profit home with charitable status and a Christian ethos we pride ourselves on the quality of care and respect given to those who live with us. This is enhanced by our loyal and dedicated staff of which seventeen have over ten years service.

In August 2017 we were delighted to open 16 new independent living flats, finished to very high standards. This saw Brakedon Close grow to its current capacity of 51 residences, in this quiet location adjacent to Corton House.

Our history2


Our history4

Our Mission

To provide excellent, loving care and support for older people.

  1. To provide in line with Christian values, residential care and sheltered housing that recognises the individual rights, privacy, dignity and independence of residents and tenants.
  2. To provide a quality of life for residents and tenants at a price which is comparable with the best Residential Care Homes and Sheltered Accommodation in the Norwich area.
  3. To enable all residents and tenants to exploit fully their chosen physical, spiritual and emotional potential.
  4. To maintain our charitable status.
  1. To achieve annual surpluses to maintain sufficient reserves. 
  2. To be a fair and trustworthy employer that maintains good employment practices and seeks to train and develop staff to their full potential.
  3. To meet the standards set by Regulators.
  4. To meet the appropriate Standards of Governance.
  5. To communicate effectively with all interested parties.

Our Team

Members of Staff 

Our home is run by a team of 60 staff covering all aspects of care, we also have a voluntary full time chaplain living on site.

Our staff receive regular training which we believe is vital to enhance the knowledge and skills of our team. All our care supervisors are NVQ level 3 qualified and most of our care staff have an NVQ level 2 or 3 qualification. Other staff training includes fire, first aid, safeguarding vulnerable adults, care of the dying, infection control and any further training which can help in personal and professional development.

In accordance with the new GDPR our Staff Privacy Notice is available to read here.



Our Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees consists of qualified professional people who willingly give their services on a voluntary basis. They are responsible for the governance of Corton House Ltd in accordance with its Rules and Strategic Goals. Our Board has a wide- ranging and diverse background. If you feel you have skills which could enhance  our team we would love to hear from you.



We are seeking people who would be willing to spend time with our residents on a regular basis, to chat, play games, use the computer, assist with crafts such as knitting, shopping or writing cards and letters.


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Bridget Youngman2

Bridget Youngman - Care Manager

Year started - 1999

Qualifications - Bridget joined Corton House on the domestic team and then joined the Senior team in 2002 after becoming a carer and passing her NVQ 2 & 3. She now holds NVQ level 4, Leadership and Management qualifications and is also an NVQ assessor.

Deborah Golding

Deborah Goulding - Deputy Care Manager/Training Supervisor

Qualifications - Deborah joined Corton House as our activities co-ordinator and part time Senior Carer, later becoming a full time Senior Team member. She has been the In-house manual handling trainer since 2001. Deborah became the In-house trainer in November 2011 after being Joint Head of Care with Bridget for over five years. She is NVQ 5 qualified , an NVQ Assessor and has completed Leadership and Management training. She also supervises Health and Safety. Deborah became a dementia coach in November 2013 with ongoing training through 2014.

Josephine Reeve2

Josephine Reeve - Head of Catering

Qualifications - Jo has many years experience in the catering industry and holds City and Guilds 705 and 706 Certificates. She also holds an Advanced Food Hygiene Certificate and undertakes food hygiene training.

Ann Norton

Ann Norton - Residents' and Tenants' Applications and Volunteers' Secretary

Year started employment - 2007

Qualifications - Ann came to know Corton House whilst visiting a relative in the home. Ann takes care of all new residents' and tenants' applications, our Volunteers' and organises our coffee mornings.

Maria Widdrington

Maria Widderington - Activities Co-ordinator

Year started employment - 2010

Qualifications - Maria has been a qualified yoga teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga for 10 years. She specialises in yoga for the over 60's and for people with Parkinson's Disease. She also has a qualification in Psychology. She has completed several courses since joining Corton House including Dementia and Care of the Dying. Maria has recently completed her NVQ level 3 in Health and social care.

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