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St Columb Major Workhouse and Poor Law Union

The Board of Guardians meet every alternate Thursday at the Workhouse Board room, at 2pm Summer months and 1.30pm Winter months.

The Union comprises the parishes of St Breock, Colan, St Columb Major, St Columb Minor, Crantock, Cubert, St Enoder, St Ervan, St Eval, St Issey, St Mawgan, St Merryn, St Newlyn, Newquay, Padstow Urban and Rural, Little Petherick and St Wenn.

The area of the Union is 78,582, rateable value in 1897 88,353 and the population in 1891 was 15,384.

Union Officers 1897
Clerk to the Guardians and Assessment Committee George Browne Collins
Treasurer Joseph Passingham
Relieving Officer for the Union James Magor
Superintendent Registrar George Browne Collins

The Workhouse, on the east side of the Town, is a building of stone, erected about 1840. Its registered accommodation is for 180 inmates.

Workhouse Staff 1897
William Ellis Workhouse Master
John Cawful Mackay Medical Officer
Mrs Emma P. Ellis Workhouse Matron

Source: Kelly's Directory 1897

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