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Bideford Poor Law Union and Workhouse

Erected on Meddon Street, Bideford in 1836 from designs by G. Gilbert Scott and W. Bonython Moffatt, it could accommodate 200 Inmates.

Bideford Union - White Directory

Comprises 18 parishes. The total average annual expenditure on the poor, during the 3 years preceding the formation of the Union, was 7333, but in 1838, it was only 5225, & in 1849/50, 6428.17s.1d. 

The Workhouse was erected in 1835/6, & has room for 200 paupers. H A Harvie Esq, is union clerk & supt.registrar; the Rev H Alford, chaplain; Mr & Mrs Stevenson, master & matron of the Workhouse.

Source: White Directory 1850 p.760
Submitted by Betty Longbottom  


Workhouses, List of those visited in 1867 With Name of the Workhouse and numbers of  insane, idiotic, and imbecile inmates.
Bideford 2 1 3
Source: 22nd Report of the Commissioners in Lunacy to the Lord Chancellor. Submitted by Alan Longbottom.

1851 census Bideford Union Workhouse
HO/107/1895             Folio 181     Page 24

James Steevenson - Master of Union Workhouse
Anna Steevenson - Matron Bideford Union Workhouse 

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