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Chesterton Union

Chesterton Union Workhouse was erected 1836-1838 from designs by Architect John Smith. 

The Board of Guardians meet every alternate Thursday at 10.30 at the Workhouse. The population of the Union in 1901 was 33,246, area 80,995 acres, and rateable value at Lady Day 1908 203,408.

The Union comprises the following parishes:- Barton, Cherry Hinton, Chesterton, Childerley, Comberton, Coton, Cottenham, Dry Drayton, Fen Ditton, Fulbourn, Girton, Grantchester, Harlton, Harston, Haslingfield, Hauxton, Histon, Horningsea, Impington, Landbeach, Madingley, Milton, Newton, Oakington, Rampton, Shelford, Stanton-Long All Saints, Stanton-Long St Mary, Stapleford, Stow-cum-Quy, Teversham, Trumpington, Waterbeach, Westwick, Wilbraham Great, Wilbraham Little and Willingham.

Union Officers 1908
Chairman of the Board of Guardians A. M. Robinson
Clerk to the Guardians and Assessment Committee John Fish Symonds
Treasurer William George Hobbs
Relieving Officer and Collector to the Guardians ~ Fulbourn District William Saunders
Relieving Officer and Collector to the Guardians ~ Willingham District William Ingle

The Workhouse, a commodious brick building near the centre of the village, is capable of holding 250 inmates. Following the introduction of the National Health Service it became Chesterton Hospital in Union Lane, Cambridge.

Workhouse Staff 1908
Workhouse Master Archer J. Morgan
Workhouse Matron Mrs Helen R. Morgan
Medical Officer Boston Elphinstone Fordyce


Workhouses, List of those visited in 1867 With Name of the Workhouse and numbers of  insane, idiotic, and imbecile inmates.
Chesterton 3 4 7
Source: 22nd Report of the Commissioners in Lunacy to the Lord Chancellor. Submitted by Alan Longbottom.


Poor Law Records held in Cambridgeshire. 

Cambridge Record Office
Shire Hall
Castle Hill
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