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Kidderminster Workhouse

Following the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834, Kidderminster Union was declared 20th September 1836.

The Union comprised the parishes of Bewdley, Broom, Chaddesley Corbett, Churchill, Dowles, Kidderminster Borough, Kidderminster Foreign, Lower Mitton with Stourport, Ribbesford, Rushock, Stone, Upper Arley and Wolverley

Kidderminster Union Workhouse was erected 1836-1838 on Sutton Road from designs by William Knight and J. Nettleship, architects, and built of red brick to accommodate 430 inmates. Extensive alterations and additions were made in 1884 under the superintendence of Mr. W. Watkin, of Lincoln, architect. It cost 18,000 and consisted of two new hospitals, one for Men with 66 beds, the other for Women with 50; schools for 120 children, baking, brewing and boiler houses, laundry and carpenters shops. The dining hall and kitchen were also enlarged.


ref: 2500354
Rossbret 2003

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The official address used for the Workhouse was 74 Sutton Road, Kidderminster. The Board of Guardians met on "Board Day" alternate Tuesdays at 11am at the Workhouse. 

Rev. Sydney Phillips M.A. Chaplain.
Samuel Stretton, Medical Officer.
Thomas Dudley Rollinson, Master
Mrs Sarah Florence Rollinson, Matron.
Source: Kelly's Directory

The Workhouse buildings were integrated into the National Health Service and formed part of Kidderminster General Hospital. The majority of these have now been demolished, but the administration block continues in use as the Social Work department.

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

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