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Wells Poor Law Union and Workhouse

Wells Union Workhouse was erected on Glastonbury Road, Wells St Cuthbert in 1836 from designs by Samuel T. Welch, architect. It was extended in 1871 by the addition of a new Infirmary Block.

Wells Poor Law Union comprised the parishes of Baltonborough, West Bradley, Butleigh, Chewton Mendip, Dinder, Glastonbury, Green Oare, Meare, West Pennard, Priddy, Rodney Stoke, Street, Walton, Wells St Andrew, Wells St Cuthbert In, Wells St Cuthbert Out, Westbury, Wookey and North Wootton.

Workhouse Master Joseph Hall 1881 census
Workhouse Matron Sarah Hall 1881 census
Head Nurse Infirmary Marta Harper 1881 census

Following the introduction of the National Health Service, the Workhouse and Infirmary became Priory Hospital. The Building has been listed as Grade II, and although the main block is now only used for administration, its long term future has been saved. Many of the original features still remain such as the stone breaking cells and the Female Tramps oakum picking sheds.


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