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Altrincham Poor Law Union and Workhouse

Altrincham Poor Law Union was declared 2 August 1836, and was divided into the 4 districts of Altrincham, Knutsford, Lymm, & Wimslow, which together embrace an area of 73,665 acres, & in 1851 had a population of 34,043 inhabitants, of whom 16,918 were males & 17,125 females. 

The Altrincham district comprised: Altrincham, Dunham Massey, Bowden, Timperley, Ashton upon Mersey, Hale. Baguley, Sale & Ashley.

Knutsford district: Knutsford Superior, Knutsford Inferior, Pickmere, Tabley Inferior, Tabley Superior, Bexton, Plumley, Little Peover, Peover Superior, Toft, Ollerton, Mere, Tatton, Rostherne, & Marthall. 

Lymm district: Lymm, Agden, Bollington, Warburton, Partington, Millington, High Leigh, Aston by Budworth, & Carrington.

Wimslow district: Mobberley, Northenden, Northern Etchells, Bollin Fee, Pownall Fee, &

The Union House, situated about a quarter of a mile W. by S. from the Church, was built in 1837, since which the hospital & other additions have been made. The total cost has been upwards of 7000, & there is accommodation for 300 inmates. At the present time there is only 164.

The front part of the building is 3 stories high, the lower compartment being used as waiting rooms & master's office, above which are the board room, stores etc. A short distance in the rear of this building is an octagonal structure used as the governor's residence, from which are 4 diverging wings, & these with the outer walls form 4 quadrangles in which the inmates are classified. 

There are 44 guardians appointed, who meet every alternate Monday at the Board Room. Chairman, Robert Armstrong esq. Clerk & Supt.
Registrar, John B Cutter esq. Medical Officers, Charles A Merriman, Jeremiah Renshaw, Henry Gent, Edward Malony Gleeson, N Rogers, H
Simpson & J Bower. Chaplain, Rev W L Riley. Relieving Officers & Registrars, James Cardwell, Altrincham; James Earl, Knutsford; Samuel
Carter, Lymm; & William Norbury, Wimslow. Governor of the House, Mr Thomas Lane. Matron, Eliza Lloyd. 

A Night Asylum has been erected on the Heath Side which will accomodate about 80 persons. The average number of persons resorting hither for a night's sleep is usually about 20.

White Directory - p 950, Submitted by Betty Longbottom

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