What Are They Now?
Most surviving parish poorhouses workhouses are now used as private houses although a few have other purposes. For example the former Widecombe-in-the-Moor poorhouse in Devon is now occupied by a village hall and National Trust shop.
Many former union workhouses became Public Assistance Institutions then, with the inauguration of the National Health Service in 1948, were converted to hospitals or elderly care homes. Many of these buildings are either still part of hospital sites, or have now been converted to residential use.
The more recent fates of some other surviving workhouses are listed below:
- Museums etc.
Mitford & Launditch (Gressenhall),
- Hotels, Guest Houses etc.
- Shops, Cafés, Galleries etc.
- Libraries, Tourist Offices etc.
- Industrial/Commercial etc.
Bedminster (Long Ashton),
- Schools, Colleges etc.
- Borrisokane, Bristol, York, Brecknock, Carlisle, Forden, Horncastle, Lancaster, Midhurst, Monmouth, Mountbellew, North Bierley, Oakham, Penistone, Preston, Shrewsbury, Skye, Southampton, Thame, Uppingham