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Newark Poor Law Union was declared 9 March 1836 and consisted of 26 parishes in Lincolnshire and 26 parishes in Nottinghamshire. Total area (1899) 91,600 acres.

Newark Union Staff 1856
John Corlett Master
Mrs Corlett Matron
Robert Capam Clerk to the Guardians
George Tallants Superintendent Registrar
Relieving Officer - 
North Dicision
J. C. Ouzman
Relieving Officer - 
South Division
J. Tinley

This Union comprises 93,884 acres & 30,348 souls, of which about 58,000 acres & 11,622 souls are in Lincs, & the rest in Notts. 
The Union Workhouse  is at Claypole, & was built in 1817, by a number of associated parishes, but it was enlarged for the present Union in 1838. It has room for 250 paupers, & had 129 inmates in 1851, when the census was taken. 
Source: White Directory 1856 - p 370
Submitted by Betty Longbottom

Newark Union Staff 1899
Michael Herbert Colton Clerk to the Guardians
Relieving Officer - 
North Division
Alfred Minkley
Relieving Officer - 
South Division
W. J. Morris
Michael Herbert Colton Superintendent Registrar
Edwin A. Baxter Workhouse Master
Rev. G. Averill Workhouse Chaplain
H. C. Burrows Workhouse Medical Officer
Mrs Baxter Workhouse Matron
William Sadler Infirmary Superintendent
Rev. W. B. Sealy Infirmary Chaplain
Mrs E. M. Sadler Infirmary Matron

The workhouse, at Claypole (Lincolnshire) is a structure of brick, built for 250 inmates. A Vagrant ward and Infirmary was erected in 1878 in Bow Bridge Lane.

A Wealthy Nonagenarian in Newark Workhouse
John Hartshorne aged 95 years who died in the Newark Union Infirmary last week, is stated to be worth 4,000. It appears that until he became very feeble and was taken to the infirmary, he had lived with a distant relative in the town since Christmas 1901.
Inquiries made by the Guardians elicited that a son, through a firm of solicitors, paid the deceased 10-10s-0d a year on account of money lent, and that he was entitled to a legacy of over 4,000 left by a relative in America. Some years ago the deceased was a colliery proprietor near Wolverhampton, where he amassed considerable wealth.
Source: Yorkshire Weekly Post 13th June 1903 page 019.
Transcribed by Alan Longbottom

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