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Tynemouth Union Workhouse

The Board of Guardians meet alternate Thursdays. The Union Offices located at 55, Saville Street, North Shield. The population of the Union in 1891 was 133,219, area 38,635 acres and rateable value in 1893 537,228.

Tynemouth Union comprises the following townships, Backworth, Bebside, Blyth (South), Newsham, Burradon, Chirton, Cowpen, Cramlington, Cullercoats, Delaval, Earsdon, Hartford (East & West), Hartley, Holywell, Harton, Howden Pans, Killingworth, Longbenton, Monkseaton, Murton, Preston, Seaton Delaval, Sedgehill, Shields (North), Tynemouth, Walker, Wallsend, Weetslade, Whitley and Willington.

Union Officers 1893 (Kelly's Directory)
Clerk to the Guardians and Assessment Committee Septimus Scott
Treasurer Vacant
Relieving and Inquiry Officer - Earsdon District William Hornsby
Relieving and Inquiry Officer - Longbenton District Thomas Dodd
Relieving and Inquiry Officer - North Shields District John D. Brown
Relieving and Inquiry Officer - Tynemouth District John Joel
Relieving and Inquiry Officer - Wallsend District John Knott
Superintendent Registrar Septimus Scott

The Workhouse, Preston Lane, an edifice of red brick, erected in 1836 and enlarged in 1888, to hold 1,000 inmates. 
Under the National Health Service it became Preston Hospital.

Workhouse Staff 1893 (Kelly's Directory)
James Buckton Master
Dorothy Buckton Matron
Ernest Brumwell Medical Officer


Workhouses, List of those visited in 1867 With Name of the Workhouse and numbers of  insane, idiotic, and imbecile inmates.
Tynemouth 15 10 25
Source: 22nd Report of the Commissioners in Lunacy to the Lord Chancellor. Submitted by Alan Longbottom.


Northumberland Record Office, 
Melton Park, 
North Gosforth, 
Newcastle upon Tyne 

Berwick-upon-Tweed Record Office, 
Borough Council Offices, 
Wallace Green, 
TD15 1ED

Tyne and Wear Archives Service, 
Blandford House, 
Blandford Square, 
Newcastle upon Tyne, 
NE1 4JA.

Page updated March 12, 2008

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