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St Germans Workhouse and Poor Law Union

The Board of Guardians meet alternate Thursdays at the Workhouse.
The area of the Union is 42,728 acres, rateable value in 1897 75,623 and population in 1891 was 17,825.

The Union comprised the following Parishes: Antony, Botus Fleming, Landrake with St Erney, Landulph, Maker, Pillaton, Quethiock, Rame, St Germans, St John, St Mellion, St Stephens, Saltash and Sheviock.

Union Officers 1897
Clerk to the Guardians and Assessment Committee Frederick W. Cleverton
Treasurer Richard Foster
Relieving Officer - North District Christopher Rawling
Relieving Officer - South District R. W. Hancock
Superintendent Registrar Frederick W. Cleverton

St Germans Union Workhouse, a building of stone was erected 1837-1838 at Union Road, Torpoint from designs by the Architect Charles Lang, and could accommodate 205 inmates.. The St Germans Institution was closed in 1940.


Workhouses, List of those visited in 1867 With Name of the Workhouse and numbers of  insane, idiotic, and imbecile inmates.
St Germans 5 4 9
Source: 22nd Report of the Commissioners in Lunacy to the Lord Chancellor. Submitted by Alan Longbottom.


Workhouse Staff 1897
J. Williams Workhouse Master
Rev. F. C. Cardew M.A. Chaplain
S. G. Vinther Medical Officer
Mrs Williams  Workhouse Matron

The Children attend the National and Wesleyan schools.


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