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Stockport Poor Law Union and Workhouse

Stockport Poor Law Union was declared 17 January 1837 and comprised an area of 30,709 acres & 90,208 souls, & containing the following townships: Stockport, Brinnington, Heaton Norris, Reddish, Handforth cum Bosden, Bramall, Cheadle Bulkeley, Cheadle Moseley, Stockport Etchells, Norbury, Offerton, Torkington, Bredbury, Hyde, Marple, No Man's land, Romiley & Werneth. 

There are 22 Guardians who met every Monday morning at ten o'clock, in the Workhouse Board Room.

The Workhouse situated on Shaw Heath, a spacious brick structure erected in 1841, for the accommodation of 700 inmates, the average number about 380. The total cost of the building was 13,470.12s.10d of which 9627 was expended in the building; 659 paid for fixtures; & 171 for furniture; 230 for the warming & drying apparatus; 160 for clock & bell; & the sum of 2503 was expended in incidentals. 

The arrangement of the building comprise several quadrangles, in which are workshops, stores, washhouses, hospital, lunatic wards & every convenience admirably adapted for the comfort, cleanliness & convenience of the inmates. 

Clerk & Supt.Registrar, Henry Coppock esq; 
Deputy Clerk & Registrar, James Sidebotham; 
Medical Officers, Joseph Blackshaw, William Raynor, Frederick Tinker, Joseph Linley & Isaac Chubb;
Relieving Officers, William Bottom, John LOwton & William Drinkwater;
Master & Matron, James & Frances Oakes; 
Schoolmaster, Joseph Beckett;
Schoolmistress, Sarah Lynn. 
STOCKPORT - White Directory - p 801
Submitted by Betty Longbottom

In 1949 it became known as Shaw Heath Hospital for the treatment of psycho-geriatric patients.
In 1954 it was renamed St Thomas' Hospital.

Records Available

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Duke Street, 
Tel: 01244 602574

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