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Axbridge Poor Law Union and Workhouse

Axbridge Union Workhouse was erected in 1837 from designs by Samuel T. Welch, architect, the ornate frontage of the workhouse clearly hiding the stark rear elevation.

Axbridge Union comprised the parishes of Chapel Allerton, Axbridge, Badgworth, Banwell, Berrow, Biddisham, Blagdon, Bleadon, Brean, East Brent, Brent Knoll, Burnham, Burrington, Butcombe, Charterhouse, Cheddar, Christon, Churchill, Compton Bishop, Congresbury, Hutton, Kewstoke, Locking, Loxton, Lympsham, Mark, Nyland cum Batcombe, Puxton, Rowberrow, Shipham, Uphill, Weare, Wedmore, Weston-super-Mare, Wick St Lawrence, Winscombe, Worle and Wrington.

The Infirmary was erected next to the Workhouse during 1903 in West Street, and later under the NHS became St John's Hospital.

The Workhouse, although not listed was converted in 1983 to private residential accommodation, called St John's Court. A small portion was retained as Administration Offices for St John's Hospital, until that was closed in 1993. The Infirmary building was refurbished to become Axbridge Court, a Nursing and Residential Home


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