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Southam 1851 census
Southam 1841 census

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Southam 1851 census
Southam 1841 census

Southam Union Workhouse

Southam Poor Law Union was officially declared 14th April 1836

The Union comprises the following places:
Bishops Itchington, Burton Dassett, Chadshunt, Chapel Ascote, Chesterton, Fenny Compton, Gaydon, Harbury, Ladbroke, Lighthorne, Long Itchington, Lower Hodnell, Lower Radbourn, Lower Shuckburgh, Napton-on-the-Hill, Priors Hardwick, Priors Marston, Southam, Stockton, Stoneton, Ufton, Upper Hodnell and Upper Radbourn

Clerk to the Guardians and Assessment Committee, William Wood, Market Hill, Southam.
Source: Kelly's Directory 1892

The workhouse, a plain building of red brick, in the domestic style was erected in 1836 from designs by John Plowman, architect. It was located a short distance from the Town and consisted of a main block with two wings and able to accommodate 180 inmates.


Workhouses, List of those visited in 1867 With Name of the Workhouse and numbers of  insane, idiotic, and imbecile inmates.
Southam 3 4 7
Source: 22nd Report of the Commissioners in Lunacy to the Lord Chancellor. Submitted by Alan Longbottom.


Southam Workhouse 1841 census
Master of Workhouse Thomas Whitmell
Matron of Workhouse Mary Whitmell

Southam Workhouse 1851 census
Master of Workhouse John Parrott
Matron of Workhouse Judith Parrott

Southam Workhouse Kelly's Directory 1892
Chaplain Rev. Edward Francis Neep, rector
Medical Officer Walter Lattey
Master of Workhouse Arthur John Lomer
Matron of Workhouse Mrs Lomer.

The Workhouse buildings have since been demolished and a school now stands on the site.


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