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Sevenoaks Union Workhouse

The Board of Guardians meet alternate Thursdays at the Workhouse, Sundridge at 11am. The area of the Union is 66,596 acres, rateable value in 1902 189,068 and the population in 1901 was 30,790.

Sevenoaks Union comprises the following parishes, viz:- Brasted, Chevening, Chiddingstone, Cowden, Edenbridge, Halstead, Hever, Kemsing, Leigh, Otford, Penshurst, Riverhead, Seal, Sevenoaks, Sevenoaks Weald, Shoreham, Sundridge and Westerham

Union Officers 1902
Chairman of the Board of Guardians A. T. Bevan
Clerk to the Guardians and Assessment Committee George Frederick Carnell
Treasurer Frederick Rea
Relieving and Inquiry Officer No. 1 District W. R. Waghorne
Relieving and Inquiry Officer No. 2 District Arthur D. Pratt
Relieving and Inquiry Officer No. 3 District Robert C. Pope
Superintendent Registrar George Frederick Carnell

The Workhouse, Birchfield, Sundridge, a building of Kentish rag, with red brick dressings, built in 1844 to hold 381 inmates.

Workhouse Staff 1902
George Wilson Workhouse Master
Rev. Thomas Stevens Chaplain
Mrs M. A. Wilson Workhouse Matron
Stanley E. Ward Medical Officer
Miss Mary Mitchell School Mistress

The Union workhouse, recently erected, is large & contains from 230 - 300 inmates. John Robinson, master.
Post Office 1846 - p 365  
Submitted by Betty Longbottom

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