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Bath Union Workhouse

Bath Union workhouse was erected 1837-1838 from designs by Sampson Kempthorne on the hexagonal plan. An infirmary was erected to the rear of the workhouse, which contained ground floor imbecile cells. 

Parishes which formed the Union comprised, Bath St James, Bath St Michael, Bath St Peter and St Paul, Bathampton, Batheaston, Bathford, Bathwick, Charlcombe, Claverton, English Combe, Monkton Combe, Combe Hay, Dunkerton, Freshford, Hinton Charterhouse, Langridge, Lyncombe and Widcombe, St Catherine, South Stoke, Swainswick, Twerton, Walcot, Wellow, Weston, Wooley.

The Workhouse is now known as St Martins Hospital.
One of the inmates, a John Plass who was a master mason by trade built the Chapel, for which he was paid one pint of beer per day. He was commemorated by the naming of the John Plass Day Hospital.


Workhouses, List of those visited in 1867 With Name of the Workhouse and numbers of  insane, idiotic, and imbecile inmates.
Bath 46 55 101
Source: 22nd Report of the Commissioners in Lunacy to the Lord Chancellor. Submitted by Alan Longbottom.


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