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Penzance Workhouse and Poor Law Union

The Board of Guardians meet alternate Thursdays at 11am at the Rechabite Hall, Penzance. The population of the Union in 1891 was 48,045, area 64,879 acres and rateable value in 1897 177,276.

The Union consisted of the following Parishes: Gulval, Ludgvan, Madron,  Marazion, Morvah, Paul, Penzance, Perranuthnoe, St Buryan, St Erth, St Hilary, St Ives, St Just in Penwith, St Levan, St Michaels Mount, Sancreed, St Sennen, Towednack, Uny Lelant and Zennor.

Union Officers 1897
Clerk to the Guardians and Assessment Committee Thomas Henry Cornish
Treasurer Richard Foster Bolitho
Relieving and Vaccination Officer and Collector to the Guardians - Eastern District Joseph Giles
Relieving and Vaccination Officer and Collector to the Guardians - Western District William Thomas White
Superintendent Registrar Thomas Henry Cornish

Penzance Union Workhouse was erected 1838 in Madron from designs by the Architects G. Gilbert Scott and W. Bonython Moffatt. Located on Mount View, Penzance it later became the Penzance Institution and was closed at the Introduction of the National Health Service in 1948.


Workhouses, List of those visited in 1867 With Name of the Workhouse and numbers of  insane, idiotic, and imbecile inmates.
Penzance 1 5 6
Source: 22nd Report of the Commissioners in Lunacy to the Lord Chancellor. Submitted by Alan Longbottom.


Workhouse Staff 1897
Thomas Francis Workhouse Master
John A. Fox Medical Officer
Mrs N. Francis Workhouse Matron


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