Auckland Poor Law Union
The Union comprises the following places: Auckland St Andrew, Auckland St Helen, Auckland West, Bedburn North, Bedburn South, Binchester, Bishop Auckland, Bolam, Byers Green, Coundon, Coundon Grange, Crook & Billy Row, Eldon, Evenwood & Barony, Escomb, Hamsterley, Hunwick & Helmington, Helmington Row, Lynesack & Softley, Merrington, Merrington Lane, Middlestone, Middridge, Middridge Grange, Newfield, Newton Cap, Old Park, Pollards Lands, Shildon, Thickley East, Westerton, Windlestone, Whitworth, Whitworth Without and Witton-le-Wear.
The Board of Guardians meet alternate Thursdays, at the Workhouse at 2pm. The area of the Union is 64,445 acres; rateable value at Lady Day 1910, £417,105 and the population in 1901 was 94,542.
|Union Officers 1910|
|Chairman of the Board of Guardians||William Hodgson|
|Clerk to the Guardians and Assessment Committee||Samuel Adams|
|Superintendent Registrar||William B. Dean|
The Workhouse, a structure of brick with stone dressings, was erected in 1855, and has since been enlarged to hold 332 inmates in the Workhouse and 60 inmates in the Cottage Homes. A new Infirmary is now (1910) in course of erection.
|Workhouse Staff 1910|
|George H. Chapman||Master|
|Mrs A. Chapman||Matron|
|William Lead||Master's Clerk|
|Miss I. Jackson||Superintendent Nurse|
|Mark Anthony Wardle L.R.C.P. & S.Edin||Medical Officer|
Records Available from Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL Telephone: 0191 383 3253
Page updated March 12, 2008
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