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Nuneaton Poor Law Union and Workhouse

Nuneaton Poor Law Union was declared on 22 March 1836 and comprised the Parishes of Arley, Astley, Attleborough, Bulkington, Caldecote, Chilvers Coton, Nuneaton and Weddington. The Chilvers Coton Workhouse erected in 1800, situated on a hill and built of stone was taken over for use by the Board of Guardians following the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834.

The population in 1891 was 17,426; area 20,428 acres; rateable value £91,659.

Changes in social opinions and values led to the requirements of separate accommodation for those young, ill or disabled. The addition of an 80 bedded Infirmary at Nuneaton Workhouse was made in 1905 at a cost of £12,000.

A Children’s Home was built during 1912 to accommodate Children away from the Nuneaton Workhouse surroundings, located in Henry Street it cost £1,470.

The Board of Guardians met on a Wednesday each fortnight in the Board room at the Workhouse at 2pm.

Clerk to the Guardians and Assessment Committee, John Estlin, 2 Church Street, Nuneaton. (also Superintendent Registrar).
Rev. Robert Chadwick, Chaplain.
Richard Bird Nason, Medical Officer.
John William Ball, Master.
Mrs Eliza Ann Ball, 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.
Nuneaton 1 3 4
Source: 22nd Report of the Commissioners in Lunacy to the Lord Chancellor. Submitted by Alan Longbottom.


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