Thomas Poor Law Union and Workhouse
1851 census - HO/107/1867 Folio 217 Page 2
James Hodge - Master of Workhouse
Elizabeth Hodge - Matron of Workhouse
St Thomas Union
Though none of it is within the municipal limits of Exeter, it includes those populous suburbs of the city in the parishes of St Thomas the Apostle, St Leonard & Heavitree, as well as 46 other parishes in Wonford & adjacent hundreds. It was formed under the New Poor Law Act, in 1836.
The Union Workhouse is a large stone building in St Thomas' parish, & was erected in 1837, at the cost of about £11,000, including the purchase of 3.5 acres of land. It has accommodations for 450 paupers & the rooms are spacious & well ventilated.
The Guardians meet every Friday at 11 o'clock, & the Earl of Devon is the chairman, & S T Kekewich Esq, & the Rev A Atherley are vice chairmen. The Board consists of 42 ex-officio, & 61 elected Guardians. M/s J G Bidwill & J Bowring are joint clerks of the Union. Mr & Mrs Hodge are master & matron of the Workhouse; the Rev E Bartlett is chaplain; & Mr & Mrs Dunn are teachers of the schools.
Source: White Directory 1850 p.122
Submitted by Betty Longbottom
|Workhouses, List of those visited in 1867 With Name of the Workhouse and numbers of insane, idiotic, and imbecile inmates.|
|Source: 22nd Report of the Commissioners in Lunacy to the Lord Chancellor. Submitted by Alan Longbottom.|
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