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Headley Union Workhouse

You might be interested in the story of the Workhouse Riots of 1830 in Selborne and Headley. I researched this in 1993 in order to write a community play on it, and published my findings as a book: 'One Monday in November'.

J.L. & B. Hammond in their book The Village Labourer 1760-1832, written in 1911, give it as their opinion that "if the rising of 1830 had succeeded, and won back for the labourer his lost livelihood, the day when the Headley workhouse was thrown down would be remembered by the poor as the day of the taking of the Bastille". 

The workhouse building in Headley, now known as Headley Grange, has another claim to fame - it was where Led Zeppelin wrote and recorded 'Stairway to Heaven' in the early 1970s.

With best wishes, John Owen (Jo) Smith
House of Industry submitted by John Owen Smith
Although termed a 'union' workhouse itself (the Headley 'House of Industry' was built in 1795 at an estimated cost of some 1,500 for the parishes of Headley, Bramshott and Kingsley, "to shelter their infirm, aged paupers, and orphan or illegitimate children"), 

After the 1830 riot, it was repaired, and the 1841, 51 and 61 censuses all show it still being used as a workhouse; it was sold in 1870 to a builder for 420, who converted it into a private house, now known as Headley Grange.

Page updated March 12, 2008

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