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Isle of Wight Workhouse

The House of Industry, Newport, Isle of Wight served all the parishes of the IOW. Built around 1797 opened for business around 1803. Lasted until about 1947. (All dates unsubstantiated). It was a Workhouse, Hospital, Lunatic asylum, and School. It had it's own burial ground adjacent. It was apparently well ahead of the minimum standards laid down by law some 60 years after it's opening, and apart from the "disgrace" of being assisted was not disliked let alone hated. The building still exists and is now part social services and mostly part of the St. Mary's Hospital built close by. The grounds and courtyards uses are somewhat changed but if you carry a plan of the original building it is easy to see what was where. The front facade is hardly altered. But internally all the small rooms have been opened out into modern wards.


Workhouses, List of those visited in 1867 With Name of the Workhouse and numbers of  insane, idiotic, and imbecile inmates.
Isle of Wight 16 19 35
Source: 22nd Report of the Commissioners in Lunacy to the Lord Chancellor. Submitted by Alan Longbottom.


Isle of Wight County Record Office
26 Hillside
Isle of  Wight
PO30 2EB
Tel: 01983 823820.

Hampshire Record Office Hold Bishops Transcripts of Baptisms and Burials at the House of Industry:
The Isle of Wight County Record Office have photocopy entries of these Bishops Transcripts.

Hampshire Record Office
Sussex Street, 
SO23 8TH
Tel: 01962 846154


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