Chorlton Poor Law Union and Workhouse
Founded in 1837 in Nell Lane, Manchester. The infirmary was added in 1864.
Link to Photographs of Chorlton Union Workhouse
In 1895 the Chorlton Union purchased a 190 acre estate in Styal, Cheshire. Here they built cottage homes for children in care.
There were about 27 cottages including a couple of nurseries each housing between 13 and 28 children. The estate also included a senior school for more than 350 children, workshops, a laundry, a 16 bed hospital, a church, a swimming baths and the remaining 140 acres was farmed.
The children did not wear uniforms and therefore could mix with other village children without being noticed. That covers the period up to about 1908.Styal Cottage Homes continued to operate until the 60's, after this it was used to house women prisoners.
I think that the cottages are now owned by the NT and they are much sort after residences. They are well worth a visit, especially as they are very near to Quarry Bank Mill, also owned by the NT
Source: Submitted by Ged
LINK to Styal Cottage Homes
Link to Quarry Bank Mill, Styal
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