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Cirencester Union

The Board of Guardians meet alternate Mondays at the Union Workhouse at 11am.
The population of the Union in 1901 was 19,620, area 86,183 acres, and rateable value in 1901 112,883.

The Cirencester Union comprises the following Parishes:
Down Ampney, Ampney Crucis, Ampney St Mary, Ampney St Peter, Bagendon, Barnsley, Baunton, Brimpsfield, North Cerney, South Cerney, Cirencester, Coates, Colesbourne, Daglingworth, Driffield, Duntisbourne Abbots, Duntisbourne Rouse, Edgeworth, Elkstone, Fairford, Harnhill, Hatherop, Kempsford, Meysey Hampton, Poulton, Preston, Quenington, Rendcombe, Rodmarton, Sapperton, Siddington, Stratton, Syde, Winstone

Union Officers 1902
Chairman of the Board of Guardians R. A. Iles
Treasurer Joseph Rawlins
Clerk to the Guardians and Assessment Committee. Also Superintendent Registrar. Henry Lawrence Cooke
Relieving Officer - Centre District Samuel James Pantoll
Relieving Officer - Eastern District John Wade
Relieving Officer - West District William Fred Parsons

The workhouse, a building of stone, was erected in 1836, for 330 inmates.


Workhouses, List of those visited in 1867 With Name of the Workhouse and numbers of  insane, idiotic, and imbecile inmates.
Cirencester 4 5 9
Source: 22nd Report of the Commissioners in Lunacy to the Lord Chancellor. Submitted by Alan Longbottom.

Staff at the workhouse in 1902;
Rev. John Stewart Sinclair, Chaplain
Charles Mackinnon, Medical Officer
Robert Chappell Freeman, Master
Miss Florence Freeman, Matron
Miss Lucy Dyball, Industrial Trainer

The Cottage Hospital

Sheep Street, was established in 1875, and contains 9 beds. The average number of in patients is about 100.


Cirencester cemetery is located at Chesterton Lane.

Records Available

Gloucester Record Office
Clarence Row
Alvin Street
Tel:- 01452 425295


Page updated Wednesday March 12, 2008

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