Rothbury Union Workhouse
The Board of Guardians meet fortnightly on Mondays at the Board Room, at 1pm. The population of the Union in 1891 was 6,083, area 167,907 acres and rateable value in 1893 £79,607.
The Union comprises the following places Alnham, Alwinton, Barrow, Bickerton, Biddleston, Brinkburn, Burradon, Caistron, Callaly, Cartington, Clenell, Coatyards, Elsdon, Ewesley, Fallolees, Fairhaugh, Fairnley, Farnham, Flotterton, Greenleighton, Harbottle, Hartington, Hartington Hall, Harwood, Healey, Hepple, Hesleyhurst, Hollinghill, Holystone, Kidland, Linbridge, Linsheels, Longframington, Lorbottle, Monkridge, Mount Healey, Netherton (North), Netherton (South), Newtown, Nunnykirk, Peels, Prendwick, Raw, Ritton Colt Park, Ritton White House, Rothbury, Rothley, Ryle (Great), Ryle (Little), Screnwood, Sharperton, Snitter, Thropton, Todburn, Tosson, Trewhitt, Unthank, Warton, Whittingham, Whitton, Wingates, Woodside and Wrieghill.
|Union Officers 1893 (Kelly's Directory)|
|Clerk to the Guardians and Assessment Committee||Joseph R. Arkle|
|Relieving Officer for the Union||Charles Fk. E. Graham|
|Superintendent Registrar||William Napier|
The Workhouse was erected to hold 50 inmates. A school was erected 1902 in front
of the workhouse, for use by both village and workhouse children.
|Workhouses, List of those visited in 1867 With Name of the Workhouse and numbers of insane, idiotic, and imbecile inmates.|
|Source: 22nd Report of the Commissioners in Lunacy to the Lord Chancellor. Submitted by Alan Longbottom.|
|Workhouse Staff 1893 (Kelly's Directory)|
|Workhouse Master||William Napier|
|Workhouse Matron||Mrs Sarah Napier|
|Medical Officer||John Semple Jack|
During the war
the buildings were taken over by the Army and used as a prisoner of war camp for
Italian prisoners. When the war ended the workhouse became a Geriatric Home for
Women and the school became a Residential school. Some years later the school
buildings were converted into a private residence called Silverton Lodge. During
the 1990's the workhouse was also converted to private residences.
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