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Launceston Workhouse and Poor Law Union

The Board of Guardians meet alternate Saturdays at 12 noon at the Workhouse. The population of the Union in 1891 was 15,874, area 101,580 acres and rateable value in 1896 87,533.

The Union comprises the following places:- Altarnum, Boyton, Broadwood Widger, Egloskerry, Laneast, Lawhitton, Lewannick, Lezant, North Hill, North Petherwin, Northcott Hamlet, Stoke=Climsland, South Petherwin, St Mary Magdalene, St Stephens Urban and Rural, St Giles, St Thomas Apostle Urban and Rural, St Thomas Street, Treneglos, Tresmeer, Tremaine, Trewen, Virginstowe, Warbstow and Werrington.

Union Officers 1897
Clerk to the Guardians and Assessment Committee George Graham White
Treasurer Edward Pethybridge
Relieving and School Inquiry Officer - North District George Thomas Perkin
Relieving and School Inquiry Officer - South District William Metherell
Superintendent Registrar George Graham White

The Workhouse, Page's Cross, is a plain block of buildings for 212 inmates, erected in 1838.

Workhouse Staff 1897
Daniel Downing Workhouse Master
Mrs Louisa Downing Workhouse Matron
Charles G. Gibson Medical Officer

The Children attend the Board School.


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