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Bourne Workhouse and Poor Law Union

Bourne Parish Workhouse stood in Workhouse Road (later Burghley Street) however this proved too small for the increased numbers in the newly formed Poor Law Union, created by the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834. Bourne Union was officially declared 10th November 1835.

The Union comprises 37 parishes & townships, extending over 106,934 acres of land & having 22,362 inhabitants in 1851. The total average annual expenditure of the 37 parishes etc for the support of its poor during the 3 years preceding the formation of the Union, in 1836, was 8506. In 1838, their total expenditure was only 4256, but in 1855 it amounted to 8965. 
Source: White Directory 1856 - p 708
Submitted by Betty Longbottom

Bourne Union comprised the Parishes of 

The Union Workhouse was built in 1836, at the cost of about 7000, & has room for 300 inmates, but it had only 84 in 1841 & 178 in 1851, when the census was taken. The Board of Guardians meets every Thursday. W D Bell esq, is the union clerk & supt.reg, & Mr Robert & Mrs Holland are master & matron of the Workhouse.
Source: White Directory 1856 - p 708
Submitted by Betty Longbottom

The Workhouse, a large red brick building was erected in West Street from designs by Bryan Browning, architect. 

Clerk to the Guardians and Assessment Committee, Alexander Farr.
Superintendent Registrar, Alexander Farr.
A. Yates, Master of Workhouse
Mrs Elizabeth Yates, Matron of Workhouse
Miss Laura Warrender, Schoolmistress
Source: Kelly's Directory 1892

In 1930 when the Local Government Act officially abolished the term "Workhouse" the newly formed Public Assistance Institution was known as Wellhead House, with Mrs Margaret Hancock as Matron in Charge. The premises were then developed into St Peter's Hospital, but were closed and demolished in 2001. Warner's printing works purchased the site.

Parish Registers

Burials in the Parish of Carlby, Lincolnshire
Abraham PARTRIDGE Died in the Workhouse, Bourne. November 22nd 1845 Aged 53
John SKEITH Died in the Poorhouse, Bourne. August 10th 1842 Aged 79
Transcribed and Submitted by Keith Tinkler

Lincolnshire Archives, St Rumbold Street, Lincoln, LN2 5AB.
The Grimsby records are at the North Lincolnshire Archives in Grimsby.

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