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Atherstone 1851

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Atherstone 1851

Atherstone Poor Law Union and Workhouse

A Poorhouse was erected in Long Street, Atherstone following the Poor Law Act of 1723. Four Bays were added in 1737 to meet the increasing need of the population.

Atherstone Poor Law Union was declared 16th March 1836 and comprised the parishes of Ansley, Atherstone, Atterton, Baddesley Ensor, Baxterley, Bentley, Fenny Drayton, Grendon, Hartshill, Mancetter, Merevale, Oldbury, Polesworth, Ratcliffe Culey, Sheepy Magna, Sheepy Parva and Witherley

Following the poor law amendment act 1834 Atherstone became a Union Workhouse.
Minute books can be read from 1867 to 1930 at the Warwickshire Record Office.

Population in 1891 15,441; rateable value 86,291.

Board day every alternate Tuesday, at the Board room, Workhouse at 9.30am.

Clerk to the Guardians and to the assessment committee, Joseph K. Fielders, Long Street, Atherstone.
Superintendent Registrar, Joseph Bishop, Coleshill Street.
Rev. G. F. Matthews, Chaplain.
Robert Mears, Medical Officer.
Robert Triffit, Master.
Mrs Lucy Triffit, Matron.
Source: Kelly's Directory 1892


Workhouses, List of those visited in 1867 With Name of the Workhouse and numbers of  insane, idiotic, and imbecile inmates.
Atherstone 0 6 6
Source: 22nd Report of the Commissioners in Lunacy to the Lord Chancellor. Submitted by Alan Longbottom.


Francis Roberts Workhouse Master 1851
Martha A. Roberts Workhouse Matron 1851
Robert Triffit Workhouse Master 1891
Mrs Lucy Triffit Workhouse Matron 1891

All the Workhouse buildings have now been demolished.

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