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Link back to main ROSSBRET websiteChester le Street Workhouse


Chester-le-Street Workhouse and Poor Law Union

The Board of Guardians meet every alternate Thursday at the Union Offices, at 2pm. The following are the places in the Union, Barmston, Biddick (South), Birtley, Bourne Moor, Chester-le-Street, Cocken, Edmondsley, Harraton, Lambton, Lamesley, Lumley (Great), Lumley (Little), Ouston, Pelton, Plawsworth, Urpeth, Usworth (Great and Little), Waldridge, Washington and Witton Gilbert. The population of the Union in 1901 was 60,552; total acreage 34,620 and rateable value at Lady Day 1909 354,890.

Union Officers 1910
Chairman of the Board of Guardians T. F. Brass
Clerk to the Guardians and Assessment Committee Robert Victor Dickinson
Assistant Clerk W. A. Horn
Treasurer Thomas E. Hodgkin
Relieving and Vaccination Officer - Chester-le-Street District Sam Shepherd
Relieving and Vaccination Officer - Harraton District James Murphy
Superintendent Registrar Robert Victor Dickinson

The Workhouse, erected in 1856 and enlarged in 1899, forms an extensive pile of brick buildings, at the south end of the Town.

Workhouse Staff 1910
John T. Dunn Workhouse Master
Mrs R. Dunn Workhouse Matron
Rev. Alured Bayfield de Moleyns Chaplain
William Matthew Renton Medical Officer


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Telephone: 0191 383 3253



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