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Southampton Union Workhouse

Southampton Parish Workhouse was erected in 1776 to accommodate 250 Inmates, and replaced by the New Union Workhouse in 1867. A Union Infirmary was added in 1902 at Shirley Warren, Southampton.


Workhouses, List of those visited in 1867 With Name of the Workhouse and numbers of  insane, idiotic, and imbecile inmates.
Southampton 6 11 17
Source: 22nd Report of the Commissioners in Lunacy to the Lord Chancellor. Submitted by Alan Longbottom.

Cost of the new workhouse for Southampton
At the recent meeting of the local Guardians, a letter was read from the Poor Law Board as to the letter of the Guardians forwarding a statement to show the manner in which the 18,000 borrowed by the Guardians for the erection of the new workhouse had been expended, and also a statement showing the purposes for which a further sum of 7,000 was required. 
The estimated cost of 4,689 for the extra works seemed to the Poor Law Board to be rather large, being nearly 23 per cent. on the amount of the original contract. Before determining what further amount they should authorise the Guardians to borrow, they requested some general particulars of the several items. The Deputy President thought that the Poor Law Board were not warranted in asking for such information, and that the architect should not be called upon to go into an explanation of detail in matters which should rest for the present entirely with himself and the builder. A committee, however, was appointed to consider the letter, and to furnish the information required by the Poor Law Board. The architect mentioned that there had been matters in connexion with the 
foundations of the workhouse building that could not be foreseen, and which had tended very considerably to raise the expenses which had been incurred for extras.
Source: The Builder 1868 Vol XXVI 11th July 1868 p.519
Submitted by Alan Longbottom

The Southampton Guardians have decided to purchase a croquet set for the use of the nurses at the infirmary.
Source: Yorkshire Weekly Post 1903 27th June 1903 page 027.
Transcribed by Alan Longbottom


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