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Billesdon Union Workhouse

Billesdon is a small union town and parish in a fertile and pleasant valley, on the road from Leicester to Uppingham, 4 miles south-west from Tilton Station on the Great Northern and London and North Western joint railway, 9 miles east from Leicester, and 10 west-by-north from Uppingham.

The Board of Guardians meet alternate Mondays, at the Workhouse at Billesdon, at 10.30am. The population of the Union in 1891 was 6,309 including 73 officers and inmates in the Workhouse, area 52,482 acres and rateable value at Lady Day 1898 was 55,432.

The Billesdon Union comprises the following parishes:- Alexton, Billesdon, Burton Overy, Bushby, Carlton Curlieu, Cold Newton, East Norton, Evington, Frisby, Galby, Glen Magna, Goadby, Great Stretton, Halstead, Houghton-on-the-Hill, Humberstone, Hungarton, Keyham, King's Norton, Little Stretton, Loddington, Lowesby, Marefield, Newton Harcourt, Noseley, Owston, Rolleston, Scraptoff, Skeffington, Stoughton, Thurnby, Tilton, Tugby, Whatborough, Wistow and Withcote.

Union Officers 1899
Clerk to Guardians and Assessment Committee W. E. Richardson
Treasurer William Unwin Heygate
Relieving Officer for the Union Thomas Kerr Hamby
Superintendent Registrar W. E. Richardson

The Workhouse, seated on a rising ground on the north side of the Town, is a well arranged building of red brick, holding 100 inmates.

Workhouse Staff 1899
William Wadkin Workhouse Master
Edward Williams Medical Officer
Rev. Charles Rowland Fowke Chaplain
Mrs Emma Wadkin Workhouse Matron

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