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Abingdon Poor Law Union and Workhouse

The Abingdon Poor Law Union was declared 6th December 1834. The parishes of Appleford, Appleton, Draycot Moor, Fyfield, Kingston-Bagpuise, Lyford, Milton, Steventon, Sutton Courtney, Culham, Baldon Marsh, Baldon Toot, Binsey, Burcott, Chislehampton, Clifton Hampden, Drayton, Nuneham-Courtney, Sandford, Stadhampton and Tubney were added 12th September 1835, and the parishes of Bagley Wood and Chandlings Farm were added 19th July 1858. 

Abingdon Union comprises the following Parishes

Abingdon St Helen  Abingdon St Nicholas  Appleford  Appleton with Eaton  Bagley Wood 
Besselsleigh  Chandlings Farm  Culham  Cumnor  Draycot Moor 
Drayton  Frilford  Fyfield  Garford  North Hinksey 
South Hinksey  Kingston Bagpuize  Lyford  Marcham  Milton 
Radley  Seacourt  Steventon  Sunningwell  Sutton Courtenay 
Sutton Wick  Tubney  Wootton  Wytham  

In 1861 the area of the Union was 57,535 and the population 20,861.

The Board of Guardians met alternate Mondays at the Poor Law Institution at 11am to discuss Union matters.

The Workhouse was erected 1835 by Sampson Kempthorne, architect at a cost of 8,500 and could accommodate 380 inmates. It was built on the Oxford Road on the outskirts of the Town, a large structure of brick in the form of the letter "Y".

Union Officers 1920
Workhouse Master Charles Howard
Workhouse Matron Mrs A. A. Howard
Chaplain Rev. Henry Alexander Kennedy
Medical Officer Edward Vivian Russell Woodford
Clerk to the Guardians and Assessment Committee, also Superintendent Registrar Bromley Challinor
Chairman to the Board of Guardians H. W. Weaving esq.

Berkshire Gazette
Abingdon (Berkshire) Workhouse was called the Grubber, it opened in 1835 and closed and was demolished in 1931
Source: 1861 Berkshire Gazetteer
Submitted by Betty Judge

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