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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
Vice-Chairman William Hudson
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

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