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Bromsgrove Poor Law Union and Workhouse

Bromsgrove Parish Workhouse commenced in 1723 on the Strand in a house erected 1701. This house has now been successfully restored and converted for use as offices.

Following the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, Bromsgrove Union was officially declared 15th October 1836. 

Bromsgrove Union comprised the Parishes of Alvechurch, Belbroughton, Bentley Pauncefoot, Beoley, Bromsgrove, North Bromsgrove, Clent, Cofton Hackett, Frankley, Grafton Manor, Hagley, Hunnington, Pedmore, Redditch, North Redditch, Romsley, Stoke Prior, Tutnall, Webheath and Wythall

The Workhouse, based on the square plan as published by the Poor Law Commissioners, was erected from designs by J. Bateman and G. Drury who also designed Leek, Stratford upon Avon and Birmingham. It was  an edifice of red brick, distant three quarters of a mile north of the Town Hall, and was erected in 1838 at a cost of 7,600 to accommodate 240 inmates. 

Number of Insane, Idiotic and Imbecile inmates in Bromsgrove Workhouse in 1867.
Male 6; Female 5; Total 11 inmates
Source: 22nd report Commissioners in Lunacy to the Lord Chancellor, submitted by Alan Longbottom.

The population in 1911 was 40,082, but by the Birmingham (Extension) Order 1911, which came into operation April 1st 1912, part of the Rednall area was added to Cofton Hackett Parish , and Beoley and Wythall were transferred from Kings Norton Union to Bromsgrove Union and the population increased to 41,860.

Rev A. B. Macfarlane M.A. Finstall Vicarage, Chaplain.
William Herbert Rowlands M.R.C.S. Eng., L.R.C.P.Lond. Medical Officer
William Lowthian, Master
Mrs Lowthian, Matron.
Source: Kelly's Directory 1921

The term Workhouse was abolished in 1930, and the buildings became Bromsgrove Public Assistance Institution. Following the introduction of the National Health Service, the buildings became Bromsgrove General Hospital. 

ref: 2500334
Rossbret 2003

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The new Princess of Wales community Hospital was erected on Stourbridge Road using some of the previous workhouse land. The rest of the land has been utilised for Housing with the main Workhouse block converted into office accommodation.

The present Bromsgrove Union Workhouse (now converted to offices - residential) was built in 1838 in the Birmingham Road to the north of Bromsgrove. For many years it's address appears in the Bromsgrove cemetery records as '12A Birmingham Road'. For some reason after the Road was renumber it kept the suffix 'A' and became '165A Birmingham Road'. In later years it became the Infirmary.
Source: Written by Colin Wood

Records are held by Worcester Record Office, County Hall, Spetchley Road, Worcester. WR5 2NP 

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Page last updated 12 March, 2008