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Chard Union Workhouse

The Chard Union Workhouse was erected in 1836 from designs by George Wilkinson, architect and based on the Square Plan. The Workhouse was an impressive Stone building situated off Union Lane which was renamed Avishayes Road. It became Chard and District Cottage Hospital under the NHS and was then became a Home for Elderly People being once again renamed as "Sunnylands". The Hospital was closed in 1970. 
A Plaque has been erected to commemorate the site of the Workhouse.

The Chard Union comprised the Parishes of Ashill, Broadway, Buckland St Mary, Chafcombe, Chard, Chillington, Combe St Nicholas, Crewkerne, Cricket Malherbie, Cricket St Thomas, Cudworth, Dinnington, Donyatt, West Dowlish, Dowlish Wake, Hinton St George, Ilminster, Ilton, Kingstone, Knowle St Giles, Lopen, Merriot, Seavington St Mary, Seavington St Michael, Shepton Beauchamp, Stocklinch Magdalen, Stocklinch Ottersey, Wambrook, Wayford, Whitelackington, Whitestaunton and Winsham.

1851 census Thomas Geyle Master of Workhouse
1851 census Grace Geyle Matron of Workhouse
1881 census Arthur H. Grimsey Master of Workhouse
1881 census Frances S. Grimsey Matron of Workhouse


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