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Berwick on Tweed

The Poor House: which is the legal asylum of the indigent inhabitants of Berwick, often contains about 1000 inmates. It stands in a healthy situation in Castlegate, & was formerly used as a sacking manufactory, but it is now fitted up in a comfortable & commodious manner for its present purpose, & has, as we have before noticed, a school attached to it, for the education of the pauper children, & also a Lunatic Asylum built in 1813. A permanent overseer, with a yearly salary of 100, superintends the parochial affairs.  
Source: Parson and White Directory - Durham - 1827-28 p366-67. Submitted by Betty Longbottom


Workhouses, List of those visited in 1867 With Name of the Workhouse and numbers of  insane, idiotic, and imbecile inmates.
Berwick on Tweed 5 7 12
Source: 22nd Report of the Commissioners in Lunacy to the Lord Chancellor. Submitted by Alan Longbottom.


Northumberland Record Office, 
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North Gosforth, 
Newcastle upon Tyne 

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Borough Council Offices, 
Wallace Green, 
TD15 1ED

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Newcastle upon Tyne, 
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