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Alnwick Union Workhouse

Alnwick Poor Law Union was declared 20th October 1836. In 1861 the area of the Union was 98,935 with a population of 21,053. By 1891 the population was 21,907, area 98,879 acres and rateable value 144,728.

The Board of Guardians met on the second and fourth Monday in each month, at 11am in the Board Room, Alnwick. 

The Union comprised the following townships, Abberwick, Alnwick, Acklington, Acklington Park, Acton & Old Felton, Alnmouth, Amble, Bassington, Beanley, Birling, Bolton, Broompark, Brotherwick, Broxfield, Brunton, High Buston, Low Buston, North Charlton, South Charlton, Craster, Crawley, Ditchburn, Doxford, Dunston, Eddingham, Eglingham, Elyhaugh, Embleton, Falloden, Felton, Glanton, Gloster Hill, Greens & Glantlees, Guyzance, Harehope, Hauxley, Hazon & Hartlaw, Hedgeley, Little Houghton, Long Houghton, Howick, Hulne Park, Learchild, Lemmington, Lesbury, Morwick, Newton-by-the-Sea, Newton-on-the-Moor, Rennington, Rock, Shawdon, Shilbottle, Shipley, Stamford, Sturton Grange, Swarland, Titlington, Togstone, Walkmill, Warkworth, Whittle and Woodhouse.

Union Officers 1893 (Kelly's Directory)
Clerk to the Guardians and Assessment Committee Henry Watson Walton
Treasurer Joseph Forster
Relieving & Vaccination Officer and Collector to the Guardians ~ Alnwick District J. Snowdon
Relieving & Vaccination Officer and Collector to the Guardians ~ Embleton District A. S. Welsh
Relieving & Vaccination Officer and Collector to the Guardians ~ Warkworth District Henry Taylor
Superintendent Registrar Henry Watson Walton

The Workhouse was built in 1840, to hold 120 inmates.


Workhouses, List of those visited in 1867 With Name of the Workhouse and numbers of  insane, idiotic, and imbecile inmates.
Alnwick 2 6 8
Source: 22nd Report of the Commissioners in Lunacy to the Lord Chancellor. Submitted by Alan Longbottom.


Workhouse Staff 1893 (Kelly's Directory)
George Cumber Workhouse Master
Mrs Charlotte Cumber Workhouse Matron
Rev. W. H. Connor Chaplain
Robert Barker Robson Medical Officer

In 1945 the Workhouse buildings were transferred for use as a Home for the Elderly. They later became Bell View Home for Older People.


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Newcastle upon Tyne 

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