Ringwood WorkhouseRingwood Union Workhouse was built of red brick in 1725 at Ashley in Ringwood Parish. It could accommodate 120 inmates.
Monday, from October to April, and on alternate Mondays during the rest of the
year. Five of them were elected yearly for Ringwood Parish, and one for each of
the other four Parishes of Ibsley, Ellingham, Harbridge and Burley-Ville.
The Workhouse also catered for Casuals and Tramps, who were usually admitted about 5pm. They could be seen burying their possessions and valuables in nearby ground prior to admission, so they would not be taken from them. When they left two days later they would collect their belongings from the ground!
W. C. D. Esdeile, Esq., is the Chairman.
Mr. Henry St. John Neale is the Union Clerk and Superintendent Registrar.
Mr. Wm Buckland and Mrs Jane McDaniel are Master and Matron of the Workhouse, and Harriet Pilbrow, Schoolmistress.
Source: History, Gazeteer and Directory of Hampshire
The Workhouse closed in December 1936, but part remains standing as a Private Residence in Ashley on the Verwood Road. The Inscription above the doorway still remains stating: "This House Erected by the Parish, 1725".
Very few records are held for Ringwood Union, however there are some books of registers which can be viewed.
Workhouse Day Book extracts
John E. says he will not go to Church as he belongs to the Upper Meeting House, punishment bread and water until he does.
the weather being very cold Jane C. would feel much obliged to the Gentlemen (overseers) if they would give her a quill (blanket) for use on the bed. Reply: No.
William B. taken before Mr. Jupp and Mr. Shute (both JP's) and committed to Winchester Prison to hard labour for three weeks for using indecent language and misconduct before Martha H., Charlotte B., and Amelia M., when they was at work in the field.
June 26th 1827
Charlotte B. taken before Mr. Jupp and Mr. Shute at The Woolpack, Sopley, and sent to Winchester Prison for three weeks for running away from the workhouse having the Parish clothes on.
The Governor beg to inform the Gentlemen (overseers) that there is a considerable quantity of small carrots and potatoes in the House and think it advisable to buy a large pig to eat them. Reply: Buy one.
Speak about Robert F. using impertinent language to the Governor. Punishment, to be kept on bread and water for four weeks.
Ann M. sent to Winchester Prison for fourteen days by John Mills Esq., for beating Jane W. and being impertinent to the Governess.
In door Poor for the half year ending Michaelmas, 1876
|Name of the Paupers||Age||No. Days Maintenance|
|Walter George, her child||1||189|
|Matilda Jane, her child||1||189|
|William, her child||9||61|
|Curl, John sen.||74||26|
|Curl, John jun.||30||3|
|Ann Eliza, her child||1||168|
|Jeffery, Ann Elizabeth||5||189|
|Ellen, her child||12||38|
|Caroline, her child||11||184|
|David, her child||9||184|
|William, his child||10||19|
|Charles, his child||7||19|
|Alice, her child||10||188|
|Alice, her child||1||143|
|William, her child||13||189|
|Rosa, her child||9||189|
|Bessy, her child||11||189|
|Charles Geo., her child||8||189|
|Henry, her child||2||189|
LINK to Map of Ringwood Workhouse
|Workhouses, List of those visited in 1867 With Name of the Workhouse and numbers of insane, idiotic, and imbecile inmates.|
|Source: 22nd Report of the Commissioners in Lunacy to the Lord Chancellor. Submitted by Alan Longbottom.|
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