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Hertford Poor Law Union and Workhouse

The Union workhouse is large, & contains 125 inmates. James Dowsing, master.  
Source: Post Office 1846 - p 168 Submitted by Betty Longbottom

469 New Workhouse, Hertford

The local - Mercury - says of this building :- "The new workhouse, in the Ware Road, will be one of the architectural attractions of Hertford.

There are some things which might have been different, with advantage to the general effect, but the building is nevertheless an agreeable object, and we prefer it greatly to the barrack-looking structures which usually serve as workhouses. We hope that the rooms are sufficiently large and lofty, and the ventilation good; and it is not too much to expect that space will be found somewhere for the leather and other materials used in the house, elsewhere than under the men's dinner table. 

The policy of making the arrangements of a workhouse attractive may be questioned; but there can be no doubt that it is as much with a view to the benefit of the ratepayers as of the poor that the Legislature and the Poor-Law Board, require that they shall be of such a kind as to conduce to the health of the inmates.
Source: The Builder 1869 Vol XXVII 12th June 1869
Submitted by Alan Longbottom.

973 New workhouse at Hertford

At a recent meeting of the Hertford Board of Guardians a letter was read from the Poor-law Board, which stated that the Inspector had reported that the Hertford Workhouse was over-crowded, the number of inmates exceeding the prescribed maximum by 16; and asking why the guardians did not take possession of the new workhouse.

The clerk was directed to reply that a dispute had arisen about the amount to be paid for building the new house, and that an architect was making an inquiry into the matter. 

A letter was read from Mr.Trollope, the architect engaged by the Board to measure the work in the new building, in which he stated that the work had been delayed in consequence of his attendance being required at an arbitration, and that the measurements had occupied more time than he expected, but that he hoped to have his report ready within two weeks. It was finally agreed to request Mr.Trollope to let the board have the report, if possible, forthwith.
Source: The Builder 1869 Vol XXVII 4th December 1869
Submitted by Alan Longbottom.

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