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Shardlow Union

Board day, Monday, fortnightly, at the Union at 10am.
The Union comprises the following places:
Alvaston & Boulton, Arleston & Sinfin, Aston-on-Trent, Barrow-upon-Trent, Bramcote, Breadsall, Breaston, Breedon-on-the-Hill, Castle Donington, Chaddesden, Chellaston, Chilwill with Attenborough, Dale Abbey, Derby Hills, Diseworth, Draycott, Elvaston, Hemington, Hopwell Isley Walton, Kegworth, Kingston-upon-Soar, Kirk Hallam, Langley Priory, Little Eaton, Littleover, Lockington, Long Eaton, Melbourne, Normanton, Ockbrook, Osmaston, Ratcliffe-upon-Soar, Risley, Sandiacre, Sawley with Wilsthorpe, Shardlow with Far, Sinfin Moor, Spondon, Stanley, Stanton-by-Bridge, Stanton-by-Dale, Stapleford, Swarkeston, Toton, West Hallam, Weston-upon-Trent.

The population of the Union in 1891 was 51,995, area 73,085 acres and rateable value in 1895 321,206.
Clerk to the Guardians and Assessment Committee (1895) James William Newbold, Poor Law Offices, Becket Street, Derby. 
Relieving Officers; Castle Donington District William Hobson, Spondon District Henry Hare.
Superintendent Registrar, Nicholas Twigge, District Register Office, Shardlow.

The Workhouse, a building of red brick, adapted in 1857 to hold 148 inmates. E. J. Hodgkin, Master; Rev. Robert Lacock Story, Chaplain, Thomas H. Ashby, Medical Officer, Mrs Hodgkin, Matron. 
Source: Kelly's Directory 1895

Bob Wall from Sudbury:
I was researching the documentation for the workhouse which was based at Shardlow, Derbyshire. The only documents left were the masters diary, births in the workhouse for a period and donations to peoples who where considered eligible for charitable monies. Some of the entries in the masters log was enlightening as to the problems in the area at that time (1800-50) for example one entry read " I beg to report that a tramp was given a bed in the tramps shed for the night and sent on his way the next day, it was reported that he was infected with smallpox by the area he next visited. We have whitewashed all the tramps ward and disinfected throughout" In the donations book it was a regular approval for some women to have 5/- for brandy and meat whilst for 40/- a person could be certified and carried to the lunatic asylum. Fascinating reading.
Submitted by Bob Wall, Sudbury, Derbys

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