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Wisbech Poor Law Union and Workhouse

The Board of Guardians met alternate Thursdays at 10.30 at the Workhouse, Lynn Road, Wisbech. The population of the Union in 1901 was 33,105, area 111,789 acres with a rateable value in 1904 of 226,577.

Union Officers 1905
Chairman of the Board of Guardians Rev. J. Young
Clerk to the Board and Assessment Committee Thomas H. Stockdale
Treasurer Francis Maltby Bland

The Workhouse erected 1838 from designs by William Donthorne, architect, is an extensive building in the Tudor Gothic style and stands in spacious grounds on the Lynn Road. It is capable of containing 445 inmates averaging 150 inmates.

Workhouse Staff 1905
Workhouse Master Stanley Bimrose
Workhouse Matron Mrs Rosa G. Bimrose
Medical Officer Edward Charles Bury M.D.

Following the introduction of the National Health Service in 1948 it became The Clarkson Hospital, later becoming a Day Hospital for Elderly Care. The Hospital closed in 1983.

Link to Photo Album with photographs of Wisbech Union Workhouse

Various administrative (from 1859) and Admission and Discharge (from 1912) records survive and are held by Cambridgeshire Record Office, Shire Hall, Castle Hill, CAMBRIDGE. CB3 0AP
Telephone:- U.K. 01223 717281

Page updated March 12, 2008
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