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Newton Abbot Poor Law Union and Workhouse

The Union comprises 39 parishes. Their total average annual expenditure on the poor during the 3 years preceding the formation of the Union was 16,756. In 1838 it was 12,938, & in 1840 15,997. 

The Workhouse, which has room for about 400 inmates, is pleasantly situated on the eastern side of the town, & is one of the best in England, both in external appearance & internal arrangement. The building & furnishing cost about 13,000. The various wards, yards etc occupy nearly 2 acres, & attached to it are about 2 acres of garden ground. There are 56 elected guardians & the Rev C Wolston is chairman. Mr John Alsop is the union clerk & supt.registrar; the Rev W F Good, chaplain: & James & Mrs Blythe, master & matron of the Workhouse.
Source: White Directory 1850 p.457
Submitted by Betty Longbottom


Workhouses, List of those visited in 1867 With Name of the Workhouse and numbers of  insane, idiotic, and imbecile inmates.
Newton Abbot 4 11 15
Source: 22nd Report of the Commissioners in Lunacy to the Lord Chancellor. Submitted by Alan Longbottom.

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