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Gainsborough Union

Gainsborough Parish Workhouse was situated in Church Street. Following the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, Gainsborough Union was declared 22nd December 1836. 

The number of the inmates in the workhouse was 98 in 1841, & 163 in 1851. The sum expended for the relief of the poor of Gainsborough in 1626, was only 7.0s.6d; but in 1822, the expenditure for the same purpose was 2448.
Source: White Directory 1856 - p 163
Submitted by Betty Longbottom

The Union comprised the Parishes of Blyborough, Blyton cum Wharton, Brampton, Gate Burton, West Butterwick, Coates, Corringham, Fenton, East Ferry, Fillingham, Gainsborough, Glentworth, Grayingham, Greenhill and Redhill, Hardwick, Harpswell, Haxey, Heapham, Hemswell, Kettlethorpe, Kexby, Knaith, Laughton, Lea, Marton, Morton, Newton on Trent, Northorpe, Owston, Pilham, Scotter, Scotton, Southorpe, Springthorpe, East Stockwith, Stow, Sturton by Stow, Torksey, Upton, Walkerith, Wildsworth, Willingham and Willoughton.

The Union comprises 49 parishes & townships. The Union Workhouse is an extensive range of buildings on the south side of the town in Gainsborough township. It was erected in 1837, when the old Poor House, in Church St, which had been several times enlarged, & had long served the township of Gainsborough, was sold & divided into tenements. 
Source: White Directory 1856 - p 163
Submitted by Betty Longbottom

The Workhouse Lea Road formed an extensive range of buildings erected in 1837, from designs by George Wilkinson, architect, and able to accommodate 196 inmates. An adjoining Chapel was erected in 1861 at a cost of about 800 by the late Miss E. M. Anderson of Lea in which was a beautiful stained glass window in memory of Thomas Oldman esq. the former Clerk to the Guardians who held the office from 1837 to 1860.

Mr Thomas Oldman is supt.reg & clerk to the Board of Guardians
Rev Thomas Sutton, of Marton, is chaplain
Mr George & Mrs Elizabeth Crooke are master & matron of the workhouse ... 
Source: White Directory 1856 - p 163
Submitted by Betty Longbottom
Decimus Mallett Robbs, Clerk to the Guardians and Assessment Committee
Rev. T. T. Hedges, Chaplain
Thomas Warr, Master of the Workhouse
Mrs E. Warr, Matron of the Workhouse
William Robert Smith, Schoolmaster
Miss J. Bell, Schoolmistress
Source: Kelly's Directory 1892
Fred Walton, Master of the Workhouse
Source: Kelly's Directory 1930


This large Union contains 27,258 inhabitants & 108,668 acres of land ... The Board of Guardians meet at the workhouse every Tuesday in winter, & every alternate Tuesday during the rest of the year.
Source: White Directory 1856 - p 163
Submitted by Betty Longbottom

The Workhouse buildings no longer survive.

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