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Droitwich Poor Law Union and Workhouse

Following the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act Droitwich Union was declared 16th September 1836.

The Union comprised the following Parishes: North Claines, Crowle, Crutch, Dodderhill, Doverdale. Elmbridge, Elmley Lovett, Hadzor, Hampton Lovett, Hanbury, Hartlebury, Himbleton, Hindlip, Huddington, Martin Hussingtree, Oddingley, Ombersley, St Andrew (Droitwich), St Nicholas (Droitwich), St Peter (Droitwich), Salwarpe, Stock and Bradley, Tibberton, Upper Mitton, Upton Warren, Warnden and Westwood

The Workhouse, a substantial brick building, standing on an eminence near the railway station, was erected in 1838 from designs by Sampson Kempthorne. The building was based on the model "200-pauper" plan published by the Commissioners in 1834 and cost 5,000; additions have since been made including an Infirmary and Chapel so that it could accommodate  205 inmates.

The Board of Guardians met on Wednesday's, fortnightly at the Board room in the Workhouse at 11am, which became known as "Board Day". 

Clerk to the Guardians and Assessment Committee, Arthur James Bearcroft, Union Buildings, Droitwich.
Rev. Edwin Lewis, Chaplain
Percy Austin Roden M.B. C.M. Medical Officer
Walter Hargreaves, Master
Mrs Hargreaves, Matron.
Source: Kelly's Directory

The buildings that comprised Droitwich Union Workhouse have now all been demolished.

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

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