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Southwell Workhouse

Following the Poor Law Amendment Act Southwell Union was officially declared 8th April 1836

The Union Workhouse is on a pleasant site in the Parish of Upton a short distance from Southwell, and near the railway. It was erected in 1824 at a cost of 6,596 for 49 parishes associated under Gilbert's Act and will hold 191 inmates. The building is large and well arranged with about 6 acres principally laid out as a garden. The Infirmary was added in 1870 at a cost of 1,000.

Clerk to the Guardians and Assessment Committee John Kirkland
Relieving and Vaccination Officer No. 1 District Arthur Blundell
Relieving and Vaccination Officer No. 2 District John James Adamson
Superintendent Registrar Jphn Kirkland
Walter Fryer, Master
Mrs Ada Fryer, Matron
George Young Polson, Medical Officer
Rev. J. S. Wright, Chaplain

The Board of Guardians met alternate Friday's at the Workhouse at 11am to discuss Union matters. The population of the Union in 1891 19,321, area 118,467 acres and rateable value in 1895 167,347.

The Workhouse has recently been purchased by The National Trust and is being converted into a Workhouse Museum.

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