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Ampthill Poor Law Union and Workhouse

Ampthill Union was declared on 17th March 1835 and consisted of the parishes of Ampthill, Clophill, Cranfield, Flitton, Flitwick, Gravenhurst, Haynes, Higham Gobion, Houghton Conquest, Lidlington, Marston Moretaine, Moulden, Millbrook, Pulloxhill, Shillington, Silsoe, Steppingley and Westoning. The parishes of Aspley Guise, Aspley Heath, Battlesden, Eversholt, Harlington, Holcot, Husborne Crawley, Milton Bryan, Potsgrove, Ridgmont, Salford, Tingrith, Toddington and Woburn were added in 1899.

The population of the Union in 1891 was 15,020, area 43,874 acres and the rateable value in 1893 was 78,721. 

Ampthill Union Workhouse was erected 1835-1836 from designs by James Clephan, architect, and occupied a commanding position at the entrance to the Town from the railway station. It consisted of several blocks of buildings in red brick and in 1894 could accommodate 469 inmates.

Union Officers 1894
Clerk to the Guardians and Assessment Committee John Wright
Treasurer of the Union James Hock Tuke
Superintendent Registrar John Wright
Workhouse Master Charles Sharland
Workhouse Matron Miss Hannah Austin
Workhouse Chaplain Rev. Frederick Lloyd Sharpin
Medical Officer Henry Frederick Holland


Workhouses, List of those visited in 1867 With Name of the Workhouse and numbers of  insane, idiotic, and imbecile inmates.
Ampthill 6 6 12
Source: 22nd Report of the Commissioners in Lunacy to the Lord Chancellor. Submitted by Alan Longbottom.


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