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Frome Poor Law Union and Workhouse

Frome Union Workhouse was erected 1837-1838 from designs by Sampson Kempthorne, architect, based on the Hexagon Plan.

Frome Union comprised the parishes of Babington, Beckington, Berkley, Buckland Dinham, Cloford, Elm, Farleigh Hungerford, Foxcote, Frome, Hardington, Hemington, Kilmersdon, Laverton, Leigh-upon-Mendip, Lullington, Marston Bigot, Mells, Norton St Philip, Nunney, Orchardleigh, Rodden, Rode, Standerwick, Tellisford, Wanstrow, Whatley, Witham Friary, Woolverton and Writhlington.

Joseph Rylatt Master of Workhouse 1881 census
Eliza Rylatt Master of Workhouse 1881 census

Following the introduction of the National Health Service it became Selwood Hospital, which is now closed. The building is Grade II listed and is presently being converted to provide Residential accommodation.


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Page last updated 12 March, 2008

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