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Bedford Poor Law Union and Workhouse

The Board of Guardians met alternate Saturdays at 11am at the Workhouse. The population of the Union in 1891 was 51,452, area 96,654 acres and rateable value in 1894 260,323.

The Union House formerly the House of Industry, on the Kimbolton Road was erected 1796 by John Wing, architect. The large brick building with Chapel and Schoolrooms was let upon perpetual lease to the Guardians of the poor in 1835. It could accommodate 400 inmates, but average number around 200 inmates.

Union Officers 1894  
Clerk to the Guardians and Assessment Committee Mark Sharman
Treasurer Thomas Barnard
Collector to the Guardians Mark Sharman
Superintendent Registrar Henry Tebbs
Workhouse Master George Croxton Walker
Workhouse Matron Mrs Walker
Chaplain Rev. Alfred Hawkins Jones
Medical Officer Charles Edward Prior
Schoolmistress Miss Walton
Assistant Schoolmistress Miss M.P. Walton

Records Available

Bedfordshire Record Office
County Hall
Cauldwell Street
MK42 9AP
Telephone:- 01234 228833/228777 


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