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South Molton Poor Law Union and Workhouse

Comprises 29 parishes. Their total average annual expenditure on the poor during the 3 years preceding the formation of the Union was 8655. In 1838, their expenditure was 7986; in 1840, 8190.13s, & in 1848, 10,806.18s. 

The Union Workhouse, at South Molton, is a large building, which was erected in 1836, at the cost of 4379, & has room for 230 inmates. Earl Fortescue is chairman of the Board of Guardians; Mr J E J Riccard is union clerk & supt.registrar; & the Rev T Clarke is the chaplain. Mr Thomas Redler & Suan Hamilton are master & matron of the Workhouse.
White Directory 1850 p.603
Submitted by Betty Longbottom  


Workhouses, List of those visited in 1867 With Name of the Workhouse and numbers of  insane, idiotic, and imbecile inmates.
South Molton 5 5 10
Source: 22nd Report of the Commissioners in Lunacy to the Lord Chancellor. Submitted by Alan Longbottom.

Records Available

Devon Records Office Web Site 

South Molton Union Workhouse

1851 census South Molton
HO/107/1891             Folio 512     Page 37

Thomas Redler - Governor of Workhouse
Susan Hamilton - Matron of the House


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