Staffordshire Poor Law Unions and Workhouses
Poor Law Unions classified within the County of Stafford are: Burton upon Trent, Cannock, Cheadle, Dudley, Leek, Lichfield, Newcastle under Lyme, Seisdon, Stafford, Stoke on Trent, Stone, Tamworth, Uttoxeter, Walsall, West Bromwich, Wolstanton and Burslem and Wolverhampton.
Staffordshire Record Office
Telephone: U.K. 01785 278379
Lichfield Record Office
Telephone: U.K. 01543 510720
Mount Pleasant Street
Telephone 01384 812770
Sandwell Archives Service
Telephone: 0121 558 2561
Walsall Local History Centre
Telephone: 01922 721305
Wolverhampton Archives & Local Studies
42-50 Snow Hill
Telephone: 01902 552480
Twenty Second Report of the Commissioners in
Lunacy to the Lord Chancellor
p 255 J - Workhouses, List of those visited in 1867
With Name of the Workhouse and numbers of
insane, idiotic, and imbecile inmates, Male/Female/Tot
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From Census Statistical Volume 1901
County of Stafford PP 1902 Cd 1,125
Submitted by Alan Longbottom
Summary of Results.
Pauper inmates of Workhouse establishments in the Registration County number 6,835 persons of all ages, 4,152 Males and 2,683 Females.
These represent approximately 0.5% of the general population.
At advanced ages the proportion is far higher; at 55 years and upwards the % is 3.0% and at 65 years and upwards is 4.9%.
Prisoners in the Local and Convict Prisons in the Registration County number 501. 410 Males and 91 Females.
The Blind, Deaf and Dumb
The number of persons returned as Blind is 822, and of these 23 suffer from some other Infirmity also.
Deaf and Dumb persons including 44 returned simply as Dumb, number 604, and of these 16 suffer from some other Infirmity also.
Lunatics number 2,638, including 5 afflicted with some other Infirmity also; and the Imbecile and Feeble-minded 2,019, including 21 otherwise afflicted. The total of these classes is 4,657.
It may be noted that, of the 4,657 persons returned as mentally deranged, 3,584 were the inmates of institutions, including 2,671 in Public and Private Lunatic Asylums, 910 in Workhouses, and 3 in other Institutions, the remaining 1,073 were residing with relatives or in unlicensed houses.
Of the 910 mentally deranged persons enumerated in Workhouses, 119 were returned as a Lunatic and 791 as Imbecile, or Feeble-minded; and of the 1,073 not enumerated in Institutions, 18 were returned as Lunatics and 1,055 as Imbecile or Feeble-minded.
|The following books may help, details as follows:
Williams,Cyril The staffordshire general hospital : a history of the hospital from 1765
Rampopal, T A chronicle of the Staffordsire General Infirmary , oldest voluntary hospital in staffordshire 1765-1948 (isbn: 1897898479)
Bewick, Robert History of a provincial hospital
Chadwick, Max A history of St. Edwards hospital, Cheddleton near Leek, Staffordshire (isbn: 1897949014) 1993
Source: Shire Hall Library, Stafford.
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