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|
|South Hinksey||Kingston Bagpuize||Lyford||Marcham||Milton|
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.|
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
Berkshire Record Office
9 Coley Avenue,
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