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Yeovil  Workhouse and Poor Law Union

Yeovil Union Workhouse was erected in Preston Road, Yeovil, in 1836 from designs by Sampson Kempthorne, architect and was based on the Hexagon Plan.

Workhouse Master John Rodger 1881 census
Workhouse Matron Jessie Rodger 1881 census

The buildings have mainly now been demolished, but the main block remains as Administration to Summerlands Hospital, which was built in the grounds to the rear. The building is listed as Grade II and plans have been proposed for an extension to be erected for Elderly Mentally Ill, which would be built on the site of the demolished hexagon.

Yeovil Workhouse in Preston Road opened in 1837 and "closed" in 1968, these dates being painted on the front of the building which has since been used as a hospital annexe. It was and is still known as Balidon. 
Source: Submitted by Mike Bolton

 Link to photograph of Balidon Workhouse in Photo Album


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