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Macclesfield Poor Law Union and Workhouse

Macclesfield Poor Law Union was declared 3 September 1836 and embraces the following parishes & townships: Adlington, Alderley Nether, Alderley Over, Birtles, Bollington, Bosley, Butley, Capesthorne, Chelford, Chorley, Eaton, Fallybroome, Gawsworth, Hurdsfield, Kettleshulme, Lyme Handley, Macclesfield, Macclesfield Forest, Marton, Mottram St Andrew, Henbury with Pexall, Newton, North Rode, Pott Shrigley, Poynton, Prestbury, Rainow, Siddington, Snelson, Sutton, Taxall, Titherington, Upton, Warford Great, Whaley cum Yeardsley, Wildboarclough, Wincle, Withington Loweer, Withington Old, Woodford, & Worth.

The Workhouse pleasantly situated on the Prestbury Road, about half a mile W.W. by N. from the Old Church, was erected in the years 1843/4 at a cost of 10,000, & will accommodate 574 inmates. The structure is in the Elizabethan style, & is surrounded by about 6 acres of land, laid out in shrubberies & a kitchen garden, giving the whole a pleasing & picturesque appearance. 

The building principally consists of a spacious range to the front, & 2 side wings, at the back of which is a range of low buildings, forming a quadrangle, the rear of which is used as the hospital & fever sheds, & the sides form the wash houses & other conveniences. This part is wholly built of a dark reddish freestone, brought from Alderley Edge. The board room, receiving room, & wards for the casual poor, form a detached building, & are situated about 100 yds east from the main body of the Union House. This part is built of the beautiful white freestone, brought from the neighbouring hills at Kerridge. The rooms are all heated by steam, & the internal arrangements have all been made subsidiary to the cleanliness, convenience, & comfort of the inmates. 

The Guardians meet every Tuesday, in the Board Room. Thoms Parrott, Clerk & Supt. Registrar; John & Mary Morton, Governor & Matron; John Froggatt, Relieving Officer; William Lawney, Surgeon; E Sellers, Schoolmaster; & H Moseley, Schoolmistress. 
White Directory 1850

White Directory - p 728/729, Submitted by Betty Longbottom

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