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I was looking for details of why my grandfather would be born in Lurgan Workhouse in 1901. I believe that he was named James O'Toole on his birth certificate and was later given the surname McCabe.I think either his mother Eliza O'Toole was not married to his father Thomas McCabe at the time of birth (2nd March 1901) or that she went to the workhouse as the medical costs would be covered by the Workhouse as a single mother to be. I saw that the 1901 census shows how many inmates are in the workhouse, are there any records of the names of the inmates anywhere? Also what date was the census taken - was it after 2nd of March? Regards Bruce
Bruce McLachlan <>
UK - 2006-12-21 23:54
Wonderful material has recently been added, especially on Model Lodging Houses and Rowton Houses. Thank you so much.
Judy Lester
London, UK - 2006-12-21 23:48
Hey. I really like your site a whole lot. It's so awesome I spent the whole day on it just browsing. I love you.
Samantha Blount
- 2006-12-21 23:47
I am trying to trace Julia Kelly and her children Daisy (born 1888), Thomas (1890), Alfred (1892), Herbert (1903) and possibly Frederick (1905). Julia Kelly was born around 1860 in Somerset. She entered Stapleton Workhouse in Bristol around 1895 and left around 1917. Her husband, William Kelly, died in 1899. By 1901, her children were placed in various orphanges/workhouses around Bristol, then possibly sent abroad. Any information on her or her children would be amazing.
Neil Kelly <neilkelly180 AT>
UK - 2006-12-21 23:46
my father william george henry young as born to caroline ball and henry young in 1900 in a workhouse in london i would certainly appreciate any information on the ball family or young family my father died in toronto canada in 1959
Hobdaycats55 <Hobdaycats55 AT>
UK - 2006-12-21 23:46
Dear Peter just wanted to say how wonderful the site is. I found my ggg grandfather Richard Hough in the Bolton workhouse and traced him in the original registers at the Bolton library. He managed to survive into his eighties and died in the workhouse destitute, a very sad and I am sure common tale. Also via your site I managed to get further information on the Prescot Union workhouse where my gg grandmother died aged 37. Thanks again for bringing a piece of history so vividly to life. I'd love to hear from anyone researching the Hough/ Goater or Markland families in Bolton. Best wishes Maria Parkinson
Maria Parkinson <maria AT>
UK - 2006-12-21 23:44
Hi I'm researching my husbands family tree and have discovered that his grandfather was born in Chorlton Union Workhouse/Withington Workhouse in 1889. I'm trying to find out information regarding his mother Catherine Nicholson, does anyone know how I can find records of when and why she was admitted.
Annie Edge <>
UK - 2006-12-21 23:43
Does anybody remember a workhouse that was situated in Walworth London SE 17 at the end of Thurlow Street/East Street, as a child in the early fifties i used to sit on the boundary walls for hours and watch the elderly and sick eating food can anybody tell me the name of the establishment? i have a feeling it was called Newington Lodge.
Terry Whatley <terence AT>
UK - 2006-11-15 17:14
Does anybody know how abandoned babies were given a name when there was no identification on the child when found? My grandfather was found abandoned as a baby in 1880 and admitted to the St Giles workhouse Bloomsbury. He had a relatively uncommon surname and also used a middle name on official documents.
Jean Brooks <jeanbrooks AT>
NZ - 2006-11-15 17:14
In the index of deaths for the STOCKPORT Woirkhouse, there is an entry for January 2nd 1878 for one JOSEPH SHIPLEY age 31 born in Hyde who died in police custody on a charge of wilful murder. Does anyone have any idea what this case was about?
Kath Newtoin <KB28EAN AT>
UK - 2006-11-15 17:13
Thank you for such an enlightening and thoroughly well researched website. Having discovered that one of my ancestors died in the Dunmow Workhouse, and that another was there in his later years, your site has greatly helped in gaining an understanding of what life was really like - not necessarily as awful as some writers would have us believe, but pretty tough all the same. Next stop the Essex Records Office to did a bit deeper!
Gerry Turpin
UK - 2006-10-23 18:38
UK - 2006-10-23 18:37
just wanted to say what a fantastic site boy we think we have it hard now a days huh we are rich compared to those people. so think next time you moan what are ancestors went through poor sods.
Jaap en Tracy van Eijk <traap20 AT>
- 2006-10-23 18:36
What a brilliant site. Great photos and a huge resource of documents. I found the site when somebody posted a link to it in the Genealogy discussion area of a Forum I run for North East Scotland. You might like to have a look... It includes areas to Request Help and Share Discoveries for people researching the area.
Russell Ward
UK - 2006-10-23 18:34
I am like many people researching my ancestry and have become stuck. My grandfather was born in a Union Workhouse in 1864 to Elvia Caris I can't find any trace of her. My father wasn't born until 1918 but had brothers who were 30yrs older than himself. Although my grandfather was born in a workhouse he went on to become very high up in the Masonic lodge and a self employed fairground proprietor making quite a lot of money.However I can't get any further back than his birth and was wondering if anyone can help. His birth certificate states he was born in the workhouse to Elvia Caris in Sculcoates Hull. I don't know how old she was or where she was born.
Maggie <catwitch AT>
UK - 2006-10-23 18:33
My Grandfather came to Canada about 1902 after spending much of his early life in and out of workhouse/home facilities in Kent County England. In 1901 he was a "scholar" at Farnborough Childrens Home in Farnborough Hants. He also spent some time in Sutton and Charlton age 7 he and his mother were both admitted to Sutton School/Poorhouse courtesy of the magistrate in Woolwich Kent. I am trying to learn more about his family and situation .All I know is that his mother ...Annie MORROW...was unmarried at the arrival of him...Herbert James MORROW 1887....and his brother Thomas Henr... aka Harry.... in 1877. Does anyone know of how I can access the records of these schools.? The county reg offices and national archives say they do not have any relevant records.
Bud Jackson <srjacx AT>
UK - 2006-10-23 18:32
I am looking for any information on The Little House Station Road Northiam East Susex TN31 6QL dated approx 1850 I think it's a grade II listed building.
Gaynor Venner
UK - 2006-10-23 18:31
In the index of deaths for the STOCKPORT Woirkhouse, there is an entry for January 2nd 1878 for one JOSEPH SHIPLEY age 31 born in Hyde who died in police custody on a charge of wilful murder. Does anyone have any idea what this case was about?
Kath Newtoin
UK - 2006-10-23 18:30
Hi, I am researching the history of my fathers family and have a copy of the death certificate of his grandmother who died in the Metropolitan Hospital, Caterham later known as St Lawrences. Her name was Annie Elizabeth Button died on 29 December 1929 she was 59yrs of age. My father did tell me that she was buried in the grounds of the hospital but a have no confirmation of this. Are there any records re burials or records of the residents who lived there for many years and if so would it be possible to access them. Any information would be most helpful.
Bob dale
UK - 2006-10-11 19:08
My grandfather went to a catholic boarding school in the 1890's all teaching done by monks, so hard he ran away. His parents were poor but his grandfather had a little money. Certain it was in london he was born in Marylebone All his life he slept with arms crossed over his chest(otherwise they were whipped) He never spoke about it Please has anyone heard of a school like this
Hazel Kitson <H.Kitson AT>
UK - 2006-10-11 19:06
I am trying to trace Mary Ann Arnold who was buried at London Road cemetary on 6 Feb 1919 I believe she died in the workhouse.
Mary Roach
UK - 2006-10-11 19:05
Hi I am loking for Everall I am led to believe that a family member was in Wellington Workhouse, Shropshire. Can anyone help? Many thanks Ann - Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
Ann <ann AT>
UK - 2006-10-11 19:04
This is a brilliant website - so interesting. I am fairly new to Family History and am trying to trace information on Mary Ann Ades born in Beckley on 17 August 1869. Her mother was Charlotte Ann. Mary Ann lived with her aunt Sarah who married Thomas Eldridge and in 1892 Mary Ann had a baby called Florence Mary who was born in Cranbrook Union. I have been trying to find out whether they were both shown on the Admission/Discharge Registers in 1892. Also I believe Florence Mary was fostered. She was living at 'Ivy Cottage, Waterloo Road, Cranbrook during the 1901 census with a lady called Esther Dearing (formerly Jenner). I would like to find out what happened to Florence Mary from birth to aged 9? Any held would be greatly appreciated. I have been in touch with The Centre for Kentish Studies but their records have been weeded!
Teresa Cruwys
UK - 2006-10-11 19:03
My great grandgather was born in 1900 in the renfrew road lambeth workhouse.I cannot trace him on the 1901 census.I have found out he was on HMS Exmouth pre 1915. Does any one know of the archive records to either institution and their references. Both his parents are french born but disappear 1901 census also.I have no records other than his birth certificate and his memory,he thinks he had 2 sisters and was in bernardo's somewhere prior to the Exmouth. Can any one help locate Exmouth records and give advice about Bernardo's and the MAB records. Many thanks.
UK - 2006-10-11 19:03
Hi, I just had to add to this wonderful site, as my dad and his siblings spent time in the workhouses in southwark london when my nan could not feed them, also my great great granddad spent time in the mint street workhouse. I think it is great what you are doing and it shows us how lucky we really are please keep up the good work.
Jacqueline Holsgrove
UK - 2006-10-11 19:01
I am researching Mary Cliff(e) who gave birth to a Boy -William on the 2nd February 1892 at Crumpsall Workhouse Manchester. Mary was the Daughter of John Cliffe and unmarried. Prior to the birth she was a Domestic servant for a DR Dixon on Chancery Lane Manchester. Was Dr Dixon also a Doctor at The Crumpsal workhouse.If you have any correspondence or Documents from their could they be examined for the Doctors signature perhaps.After the birth Mary handed over the child to a Family called Jackman who raised him as their own. Vic
Vic Cliffe <vc.1 AT >
UK - 2006-10-11 18:58
thanks for a practicle site with actual relevant many sites just refer to others.came to this site searching for caleb langford wise steane, illigitamate son of john wise and ------------steane,strane, luck so far,though i saw several names of others of person i know is interested in any cheeseman people in the work/poorhouses in berks/ to know how to find use the base/bastardry records for illigitamate children. yoga-prakash saraswati lunarorange2002 AT
yoga-prakash saraswati <lunarorange2002 AT>
- 2006-10-11 18:57
THANKYOU so much Peter for an excellent web site which I could go to for reference when I discovered that a great grandparent Edward Brothwood was born in 1847 in the poor house to his unwed mother, Ann Brothwood. He survived to continue the family tradition of coal mining, but I'm not so sure about his thankyou for the links - I'm going to see if I can find her in the Wolverhampton register achives. CHEERS!
Julie McNeill (nee Higgins) <jewels63 AT>
Qld. Australia. - 2006-09-24 21:37
I am looking for information on a John Joseph Golding. He was born Aug, 21. 1879. He made First Communion at the Church of St. Charles School, Brentwood in 1888 which was an orphanage for children from the workhouse.
tfsgrl <tfsgrl AT>
UK - 2006-09-24 21:36
On the 1881 census my G.Grandfather, JOHN SEELEY was living with his wife, Susannah in the Bloomsbury Workhouse, St.Pancras then on the 1891 census they had moved to the Aylsham Union Workhouse in Norfolk If anyone can give me information about either of these workhouses it would be appreciated. Many thanks Nora.
Nora Quinn <nora.quinn AT>
UK - 2006-09-24 21:35
i am trying to trace my grandmother who was pregnant and was thrown out of home she went to a workhouse somw where in derbyshire her name was dorothy gwendoline astle she left the workhouse and apparently gave birth to my aunt in a field she ended up at mountsorrel in leicestershire and had a further 8 children.
Dawn Baron <dawn2000uk AT>
UK - 2006-09-24 21:34
Hi, I am researching my family on my mothers side, they came from Edmonton London,, there were three sisters who went into Chase Farm orphanage in 1920's, they were Annie and Winifred Day (twins) born 1917 and Florence born 1918. I know that Winifred died at 15 years and Florence was my mother, so am looking for any information on Annie Day who went into service after leaving Chase Farm. Any information would be much appreciated.
Winnie Brown <Winbrown AT>
UK - 2006-09-24 21:33
A truly impressive website, which I am very grateful to have found as a consequence of receiving the death certificate of the man I believe to have been my 2greats grandfather, William Harris, a mechanic who died in Salford Union Workhouse in 1864 of chronic bronchitis. I am not 100% sure that I have the right man but he is the only person in the GRO registers who fits. He and his family were living in Leigh in 1861, and his widow, Margaret nee Yates, and children were in Leigh in 1871. I learn from your site that there was a workhouse in Leigh in 1864 so I wonder why William Harris was not admitted there rather than at Salford (unless of course the family had moved to Salford after the 1861 census). Unlikely, I know, but if there is anyone with any ideas as to how I could find out more, I would be very grateful. Please use my email address printed as mary.sayers AT Reading about the conditions in Leigh workhouse has made me understand my grandmother's point-blank refusal to be admitted to Atherleigh Hospital (the former workhouse) in the 1950s when she had a stroke. (I'm not goin' in't workhouse'"). Many thanks again for a wonderful site. Mary
Mary Sayers
UK - 2006-09-24 21:31
Hi my name is Winnie, I am looking for information on ANNIE ALICE DAY she was born on 09\02\1918 in Tottenham London, she was admitted to Chase Farm orphange on 27\08\27 and left to go into service on 15\03\33, she had a twin sister Winifred Edith, who died in 02\08\1933 There was also a younger sister Florence Beatrice who was my mother she worked in Redhill C Hospital starting 12\12\33 Florence was born 21\5\1918. Two contact ames for entry into the orphange are Elizabeth Caroline Catting of 15 Eckington Road Tottenham and George Phillips of 41 Hawkfield Road Tottenham. Their mother was Alice Gertrude (maiden name Hemmett) first marriage (Savage) then 2nd Marriage (DAY) who died in 1924 and their fathers name was Charles Day both from Tottenham,, any information at all about my family would be most welcolm Regards Winnie
Winnie Brown <Winbrown AT>
UK - 2006-09-24 21:30
I recently leared that my husbands grandmother was born in the Leigh Union Workhouse in 1895 to Mary Janet Wise and an Unknown father and am trying to find information about her mother. She is not listed as an inmate on the 1881 census and I can not find a census for 1891. I would appreciate any help that you can give me. Jeanine
Jeanine <mjnay AT>
UK - 2006-09-24 21:28
have what I believe to be my grandfather's birth certificate, his registered birth name is George Thomas Rogers DOB 19th Sept. 1883 place of birth workhouse. His mother's name was Hannah Annie Mary Rogers, residence given as workhouse, occupation laundry assistant in workhouse. There is also an address given, 40 St. Paul's Street Brighton, I don't know if that is the address of the workhouse, or somewhere else. I think I have found Hannah and her family before the 1881 census, and her mother up to 1901. But I cannot find any trace of Hannah or George on the 1891 census, possibly they are still in the workhouse. I do have records of George from the 1901 census, but he is known then as Thomas and is using his father's name Budgen. I would be grateful for any information or advice as to where I can find information as to his whereabouts in 1901. e-
Janet Hope <jphope AT>
UK - 2006-09-24 21:27
I'm looking for information on the cottage homes in Wednesfield, West Midlands. My grandmother and her sisters went to live there after their mother died and their father was unable to look after them. If anyone can help me I'd really appreciate it. Sharon
Sharon WIlde <orientalshay AT>
UK - 2006-09-24 21:26
i am currently researching my family history and believe that my grandmother had 2 sisters that were put in to a home in coventry around 1918. I then beieve they were sent to st Agnes home for girls in bristol. ialso believe at least one of them went to work as a laundry maid and worked for a Mrs Grubey in Dunsfold surrey. There names were Gladys and Doris but unsure of the surname it could possibly have been changed when they left Coventry but it could be Jones or Gurney. Any information on this would be greatly appreciated.
Angela Morris
UK - 2006-09-07 08:38
This is a brilliant website. My great grandfather Timothy McNamara born 1858 in Liverpool and Died in the Liverpool Workhouse January 10th 1901. In searching the records at the Liverpool Record Office I found his record and then I applied for his death certificate which I now have I am now trying to locate were Timothy McNamara was buried. I have searched the Ford cemetery records where all my ancestors are buried but no Timothy McNamara. I am wondering if the Liverpool Workhouse had their own burial plot and with Timothy being a widower was probably destitute and had no money and may have been buried in a Paupers grave. I have been told that St Nicholas RC Church which was in Hawk St had a burial ground but this church no longer exists since they opened the Roman Catholic cathedral in 196. I was wondering if you can help me to find Timothy's burial records. Hope you can be of help. Yours truly, John McNamara 86 Farndon Avenue Sutton Manor St Helens WA9 4DN Merseyside
John McNamara
St Helens, UK - 2006-09-07 08:36
I'm looking for anyone who has any information on St Marys, which is either a mother and baby home or a workhouse, my grandmother lived there in 1901 it was situated in Stone in Kent, i can't find anthing on site about it. Can any one help me please.
UK - 2006-09-07 08:35
I am trying to find information about a Jane Malcolm and brother Andrew Malcolm. They were resident in Chorlton Workhouse Manchester listed on the 1861 Census. How and where would I find what date they went in and if possible why and what date they left. If there is anyone that can help I would really appreciate this. Thank you Barbara
Barbara Jones
UK - 2006-09-07 08:33
Researching my family history, From marriage records I have recently found out my grandfather was labour master that the Worcester workhouse until it closed down..I never knew my grandfather as he died before I was born, then my mother died when I was very young and my gran not long after so I have been trying to find out about them I have managed to find out from records my grandfather lived in the labour master quarters there. He asked if he could live out when he got married but it was turned down so he has to bring his new wife ( my grandmother) there until he was given permission to live out in 1931 and a year after that my mother was born. I would like to find out more about the Worcester workhouse if anyone can help Great site onlineintheuk AT
onlineintheuk <onlineintheuk AT>
UK - 2006-09-07 08:32
I just wanted to say what a wonderful piece of research you have done. My maternal grandparents Charlie and Lillian Billington were Master and Matron of several of the ones you have listed, namely Sleaford, Skipton, Dean House Huddersfield and Wakefield between 1928 and 1952. I have found it illuminating to be able to see some of the places they lived and worked. Thank you
Janet Parker
UK - 2006-09-07 08:31
Hello I am trying to find out where my Grandmother was born ( my mothers mother) she always told us she was born in Quebec Canada, How ever in the 1911 Canadian Census she reported that she was born in England. I believe that she was a Home Child, as was my Grandfather.My grandmothers name was Mary M Tripp, her father was Charles Tripp and her mother was Mary Spitzenberger)?) My grandmother said she was born July 1881(?), howver shearching Canadian Home Children records I found a Mary Tripp born about 1878, she may have told an untruth about her age. Any information would be most appreciated.
Donald A MacKenzie
- 2006-09-07 08:31
I would just like to say what an excellent resource this website is for those researching their family history.
Y Galt-Gourlay
- 2006-09-07 08:30
What great site, I have developed a huge interest not only in the workhouses but many other aspects of poor laws in the 18-19th and 20th centuries, thanks for your help.
John Williams
UK - 2006-09-07 08:30
I would just like to say what an excellent resource this website is for those researching their family history.
Y Galt-Gourlay
UK - 2006-08-23 10:44
What great site, I have developed a huge interest not only in the workhouses but many other aspects of poor laws in the 18-19th and 20th centuries, thanks for your help.
John Williams
UK - 2006-08-23 10:43
Thank you for a wonderful site. My Great-Grandmother, Louisa Sleath (daughter of Joseph Sleath and Mary Ann Barradale) was born in the Union Workhouse in Loughborough in 1865. From the records I've seen, her father was in and out of the Workhouse on numerous occasions. The family immigrated to the United States in the late 1860's, and Louisa married into a well-to-do family in Connecticut where she lived a very comfortable life until her death in 1930. e-mail: lark at usit dot com
Carol T Kirk, RN
US - 2006-08-01 14:10
I found my Grt grandmother grandfather and his brother on this site in Bolton Union workhouse. Does anyone know of a Catholic Boys school ran by nuns around this area, or in Lancashire from 1881? I am still searching for more evidence, but this site was spot on for helping me in my family history search?
Bob Taylor <>
UK - 2006-08-01 14:07
Hi I am currently researching my family and have come across a whole family (2nd Cousins 4 times removed) of whom many were employed in Various Workhouses from 1871-1901 period (census Returns). One was a Benjamin Knight & His wife Rachel Elizabeth who were the Master & Matron of the St Thomas Workhouse in Devon, (1901 Census) I am looking for more information about them an even hoping to locate their decendants and wondering if anyone here can help.
Victoria Knight
UK - 2006-07-16 17:43
I am researching my family history on my mother's side. Her name was Nora Rose Penfold. She was born on the 29th May 1928 at Stone House, North Trade Road, Battle in Sussex. I have since found out Stone House was The Battle Workhouse which then became The Battle Public Assistance Institution. Also on my mother's birth certificate it says her parents names were Jesse and Agnes Ann(nee Western) PenfoldAt the time of my mother's birth her father Jesse was a casual farm labourer at Udiam Farm, Bodiam, Hawkhurst in Kent. If any one has any info please get in touch with me. Thank you.
Carol Stead <>
UK - 2006-07-16 17:41
A really informative site and a real insight into how tough life was for some of our ancestors. Several ancestors of mine have ended up in the workhouse. We are so lucky today. Thanks for your excellent work.
UK - 2006-07-13 20:04
Billericay Union Workhouse/ St Andrew's Hospital. One of my grandmother's was in the Union workhouse at Billericay and died there in 1946 however on the death certificate her place of residence at the time of death is shown as The Retreat. My other grandmother went into St Andrew's Hospital and died there in 1934. However her residence at time of death is also shown as The Retreat. Can anyone tell me why?
Jacqueline Oldman < >
UK - 2006-07-13 20:04
Thank you for such a wonderful site! I am an Australian, researching the Chapple family (Mary Chapple b. 1831 Helston) from Helston Cornwall and through census and burial records found that Mary's father, Richard Chappel died at the Helston Union poorhouse and that her sister Maria was an inmate during the 1991 census. Through your site I now have a greater understanding of life in the 1800s for this family. Anyone researching Mary Chapple who married Henry Parkes (convict from Lancashire) in Bathurst NSW Australia is welcome to contact me. Thank you again.
Jann Sutton Parkes <>
Australia - 2006-07-13 20:03
Hi everyone. Have just come across this site and hope that I will be able to find out information about my Gt Gt Grandmother, Anne Morris (nee John) who died in the Pembroke Workhouse in January 1908. Cause of death was "senile debility". Does anyone have any information on this workhouse - a list of inmates for 1907/8? - or maybe can direct me to the best sites/places to find out more? Thank you.
Shirley <>
UK - 2006-07-13 20:02
Hi, can anyone advise on how I might obtain a list of inmates of Morda Workhouse, Oswestry in or around 1851.Am trying to confirm whereabouts of my Gt Grandad James Howell at that time. 1851 census shows a James Howell, aged 6 years which could be him. Does anyone know who might hold such records? Also need a list of inmates of Morda Workhouse for 1901? Where would such records be held? Trying to confirm whether or not my Grandmother, Rebecca Jones & her sister Elizabeth (Lizzie)could have been living there at or around that time. Can anyone help? Barbara.
Barbara Marshall <>
UK - 2006-07-13 20:01
Really well done an excellent web site and a huge amount of work done, hopefully people will add to the details in time. Many thanks John Russell 024 76306651 07753519820
John Russell
Coventry, UK - 2006-07-13 19:58
I came across this site by chance as I looked closer at original birth certificate. Place of birth.. Albert House, Albert Street Slough. Learning to use the computer in my search for missing family members, this site quite honestly took my breath away, I wept as it brought to life to reality the life and times of my mother but also of incredible numbers of people. Praises to you Peter for we must NOT FORGET THEIR NAMES NOR THEIR MEMORY. I am searching for record of my twin sister, need information of mothers stay at Albert House 1942. Frances Hill. We were both adopted and seperated at 3 weeks. I found recent record of her birth registration in Stoke on Trent. Is there a foundling home there that she would possibly stay til adopted, or was she adopted from Albert House? Do you have any information on these records? Miracle part of all this is, that after 62 years I found some of my relatives. I am one of 13! I had a wonderful reunion with 4 sisters and a brother that I was able to share with my daughter. What a healing and incredible time to be reunited with family. I was the only one in my adopted family, they left England and swore everyone to secrecy. I always felt I belonged to a large family. Guess that's why I went into Social work, Hahaha. Keep up the great work. I know my family will have some more questions as they spent some time as children in these places. Appreciate your help.
Carole Smith
British Columbia Canada - 2006-06-20 23:38
Great site! Ideal for anyone young or old researching the subject of this country's welfare system.
James Martin
UK - 2006-06-20 23:36
Many thanks for producing such a fantastic website. I am a mature student (61) studying Social History and this site will be a great help when I come to do my coursework. I just thank my lucky stars that I did not live then.
Ann Roberts
Birmingham, UK - 2006-06-20 23:35
Thankyou for an excellent resource. i have recently found details of one of my ancestors in the admissions and discharge records of Macclesfield Union Workhouse held on micro-fiche at the Cheshire family records office. Her name was Mary Dixon born 1846, whose daughter also named Mary Dixon was born in the workhouse on October 14 1866 and was discharged 15 June 1867 by order. This website has provided an excellent insight into the conditions and life for my great-great-great grandmother. Thankyou.
Barbara Young
Heywood, Rochdale, UK - 2006-06-20 23:35
I currently live at the old poor house in North Cave dating back to 1765. Does anybody have any photographs or information about this house. If so please e.mail me as I would be most interested. Thank you.
Kris Flack <>
UK - 2006-06-20 23:31
I am trying to find details of ancestors in Hollingbourne union workhouse 1851, namely Thomas, Dorcas,Harriet .Eliza and Emma Lambkin from Bredgar Kent. Any help as to how I can further my enquiries would be gratfully received. Thankyou.
Janet Pawson <>
UK - 2006-06-20 23:29
I have recently been researching my partners family history who were known to have been resident in Wincanton Workhouse in 1880s how delighted I was to discover your site. All their names are there and we would really like to go further with this. I guess we will have to make another visit to the area before too long as my family originates only 10 miles away too. You made my entire evening of research well worth while as I didn't find your site until I was about to give up. Many thanks.
S Wales - 2006-06-14 09:46
My Great great grandfather Henry Townsend died in 1879 in the Chelsea Workhouse Infirmary aged 30 years old from Tubercular Meningitis. He was listed as a Sailor and was married with a son at the time, why would he have been in the workhouse when he died, i would be grateful for any suggestions, the address was listed as the infirmary Cale Street, Chelsea.
Alison Hayes <>
UK - 2006-06-13 22:16
My Great Grandmother, Amelia Harper, died in Steyning Union Infirmary in 1913. Do any records or lists of patients exist for the Infirmary? Are any photos of the Infirmary available? Wonderful site.
Dorothy Mutton < >
NZ - 2006-06-13 22:15
Hi, I am looking for information on Holbeach union work house 1919-1930.
Chris Bell
UK - 2006-06-13 22:14
I am trying to help my aunt find out who her father was, she was born in oct 1934 in winchcombe she was told that the father was head of the boys home in the winchcombe workhouse but I have been told that at this time the boys were being put in a cottage home scheme or moved onto charities such as dr barnados any help or suggestions you could give would be much appreciated as i am at a loss, the only other thing i can tell you is that my aunts father was a married man.
Jamie Sollis <>
UK - 2006-06-13 22:13
My father, Cyril John NEWTON, was born 12.05.1925 illegitimately at Crumpsall Workhouse hospital, to Irene Nelly May BUCKSEY and Thomas NEWTON. Irene was a Music Hall dancer and Thomas was a carpenter who was building theatre sets when they met, but I haven't been able to ascertain where.He was living in Whiteway St, Moston at the time. Any help appreciated.
Colleen Newton < >
NZ - 2006-06-13 22:12
I am looking for further information regarding my wife's GGGrandfather a Mr Richard Wallbank. He was born in 1791 and on the last record I can find, the 1871 census, he is in the Atherstone Long Street Union Workhouse. Are there any records held for this workhouse. Can anybody help? Phil Henderson
Phil Henderson <>
UK - 2006-05-31 21:38
any links for:- william henry moss born nov 1865 new bridge street work house manchester
Ruth Brewer
UK - 2006-05-31 16:04
I have recently found out that my G.Grandmother was an inmate in the Leeds Union Workhouse because she was an un-married mother. Can any one tell me which resources to use to find out what happened to her.
UK - 2006-05-31 16:04
Is it possible to see the list of people living at the Leeds Workhouse(s) in 1898? My 2 x great grandmother died there and I'm trying to discover what part of Ireland she came from. Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thank-you
M Newsome
UK - 2006-05-31 16:03
What an incredible and interesting website. I found it accidentally and I am so happy and grateful for all the information I have come across. I am a teacher in Guayaquil Ecuador. I teach Social Studies at Logos high school and at this moment Im teaching the Industrial Revolution. All this historical information was just what I needed.
Ing Jessica Ramirez <>
Ecuador - 2006-05-31 16:02
Billericay Union Workhouse/ St Andrew's Hospital. One of my grandmother's was in the Union workhouse at Billericay and died there in 1946 however on the death certificate her place of residence at the time of death is shown as The Retreat. My other grandmother went into St Andrew's Hospital and died there in 1934. However her residence at time of death is also shown as The Retreat. Can anyone tell me why? Jacqueline
Jacqueline Oldman
UK - 2006-05-31 16:01
My grandad spent his life trying to find out who he was - the 'love child' of an affair between an Indian Officer and a secretary, he was apparently in an orphanage or workhouse in Derby and later was fostered by a Mrs Cheal whose name we took as our family name. I can find no record of him - anywhere and have no idea what our family name would have been! He died when I was 2 (now 31), so I thought with the modern advances such as the internet I might have more luck, but nothing. His name was Samuel Laurence Cheal. He was born around 1916, he married Dorothy Wood and had a son David Cheal (my dad). I hope this might ring a bell for someone? The lady that fostered him used to have a stall in the covered area before going into the market hall and sold crumpets on it. A long shot I know but worth a try!
Steve Bethell
UK - 2006-05-31 16:00
I an looking for further information regarding my wife's GGGrandfather a Mr Richard Wallbank. He was born in 1791 and on the last record I can find, the 1871 census, he is in the Atherstone Long Street Union Workhouse. Are there any records held for this workhouse. Can anybody help? Thanks
Phil Henderson
UK - 2006-05-31 16:00
What an amazing site! I am thrilled. It has really brought history alive and I cannot imagine the amount of time and effort which has gone into researching this subject so comprehensively. Thank you.
Maria < >
UK - 2006-05-24 13:05
My sister and myself have recently discovered that our Father`s eldest half brother was born in 1893 in the Union Workhouse at Gravesend. This was an emotional discovery for both of us, trying to imagine what our dear grandmother (whom we never met), must have gone through. I have read through your site with interest, thank you for the enlightenment.
UK - 2006-05-24 13:04
I am looking for the Pink family, of Elsie Pink last known, Alton Hampshire 1909, where she was a servant of Alton, gave birth to a little girl the same year.
Joan <>
UK - 2006-05-24 13:03
A wonderful resource! I am looking for ANY information on Stafford County Refuge (St Mary/St Chad) Sandon Road, Stafford. All I have is a very faded photo and a prayer book belonging to Catherine M Rowley who, aged 21 is listed as an inmate in the 1881 census. She would be my Gr Gr Aunt, but we do not even have any distant memories of her or why she was there, suffice that it would be after the death of her parents.
Julia <>
UK - 2006-05-24 13:02
I am doing family research and am looking for relatives of Jessie Davies born c1884 in the Manchester area - occupation: pattern card maker. She had four children: Arthur Davies born in 1913 at Withington Workhouse and died in 1915, Dora Davies born in 1915 in Withington Workhouse and twins,Arthur and Harry Davies born in 1919 in Crumpsall Workhouse, Manchester). Arthur died in 1941 on the HMS Auckland. Harry married Madeleine Harvey and died in 1961. I don't know whatever happened to Dora but would love to hear from anyone who may know, as I have now come to that dreaded brick wall regarding Jessie and Dora Davies.
Mich <>
UK - 2006-05-24 13:01
A very interesting site. I was looking for photo's, or information, on South Hill House,which I am certain was Amesbury Workhouse. If anyone could remember any information, or have any details or photo's, I would really appreciate it. It really makes you think how lucky we are not to had to go through what others did before us - Faith
Faith Batson
UK - 2006-05-22 22:07
My gr grandfather Ralph Hitchens appears on the census of Crumpsall workhouse Manchester in 1901. It states that he was a widower. His wife was in fact still alive as she appears on the census for Crewe with two of their children aged 11 and 13. He died in that workhouse of TB in September of that year. Does anyone know any reason why he would be classed as a widower when his wife was still alive. What reason would he be sent to a workhouse in Manchester when his home town of Northwich had a workhouse? I would be grateful for any suggestions.
angela robertson <>
UK - 2006-05-22 22:06
Really enjoyed your website and have printed various pages of interest. I was in the Central Homes in Pontypridd formely the workhouse in 1946 with my mother and sister.I have recently found my sister after many years of searching thanks to the trackers international website. The Church Village Cottage Homes is also of interest as I might of been placed there prior to adoption the following year. I now live in the same area which is uncanny. You have a message from a lady Joyce Williams searching for her mother. Joyce if you are reading this you can email me on I will pass on all the information I have which enabled me to search for my sister. Many thanks once again for the site.
Lynfa Maeer <>
UK - 2006-05-22 22:05
Hi, I'm trying to trace the Alexander Families who I believe were in and out of the Bradford on Avon workhouse between 1850-1870. your help will be appreciated Janet(Alexander)White.
Janet White
UK - 2006-05-22 22:04
I am trying to find out how I can see records of Leeds Workhouse for the years after 1841 to 1848. I am trying to find out where my x 3 great grandfather came from. I know he died in Leeds Workhouse in 1848.
Bob Groom <>
- 2006-05-22 22:04
Hi Peter I am trying to retrace my late Dads steps ... JOHN MILBANK. He was at Chase Farm School. ... And this had a profound effect on the rest of his life. Would anyone have memories of him ? ... Just a stab in the dark. It would be lovely to erect a plague in memory of all the children who spent their early years at the school. Regards Lester Milbank 07967 727087 Lester Milbank Cambridge Film & Television Productions Tel 01223 815613 Fax 01223 815623 DDI 01223 815521
Lester Milbank
UK - 2006-05-22 22:03
A wonderful site, my grandmother entered Hackney Workhouse with her mother and siblings when she was just three, this site has given us an amazing insight as to what life was like there, and the means to research and see the actual entries in the admissions/discharge registers - an emotional moment. Thankyou.
Barbara Duck
UK - 2006-05-22 22:01
Hi, Wow what an interesting site! I currently work at Birch Hill Hospital, aka Dearnley Workhouse. The Trust are planning on closing the hospital and selling the land for houses! I'm astonished that a piece of our heritage can just be sold to make houses. In the cellars, there are still the stone sections where the residents used to work. I wonder whether anyone will actually think about any salvage before knocking down the building as a lot of the windows are the original ones. They have put forward that the Clock Tower and the Chapel be kept but this is not definite just a suggestion. Here's hoping that someone with a heart buys the land! Debbie
Debbie Hulme
Rochdale, UK - 2006-05-09 09:50
Dear Peter, Have just revisted your great site and have enjoyed browsing through the pages.I have entered a link to your website from my genealogy website so as too direct my members and visitors seeking information about Workhouses and Poor Law to you.I have added my website address for you to look at and/or for anyone else needing help with their family history. I have also added the link to my Tribal Pages website too. Keep up the good work!
Debbi <>
UK - 2006-05-09 09:46
I found this site very interesting. I worked at Forden and Llys Malwyn sites before they closed and always found their history very interesting.
UK - 2006-05-03 16:07
hi peter,just had a look at your site,its very interesting,could you please advise me where i should look for my g,grandmother who disapeared from all the records in 1915(we know she didnt die)isabella mcdonald was born in 1898 in scotland,her family moved to toxteth park in 1901 by 1908 both parents where dead,would she have gone straight to the toxteth park workhouse?or was there somewhere else that orphans where taken? she gave birth to my grandfather in 1915 age 16 on his birth certificate it states that she is a servent/domestic. No father was recorded and he was adopted some time later, how would isabella survived pregnant with no job or money?ive had several searches done by the Liverpool records office that have come to nothing, dont know what to do from here. thanks sue jones
Sue Jones
UK - 2006-05-03 16:06
I have spent a few hours searching your site as I have a James James 51yrs listed on the 1881 census as having been born in Finsbury, Somerset. I have'nt found a place by that name and started looking in other areas, as in workhouses, but could'nt find one with that name on your web site. If you, or anyone reading this mail can help me or point me in the right direction it would be much appreciated. This is a really excellent site with masses of information, Well done. Roger
Roger < >
Australia - 2006-05-03 16:05
Enjoyed looking through your site, I was born in the Merthyr Tydfil Workhouse which later was called the hospital in 1941, I was adopted a week after I was born. Have been searching for my mother for many years - her name was 'Ivy Constance West' there does'nt seem to be any traces of her anywhere. I have spent a lot of money on different searches to no avail. If there is anyone out there that could help me I would greatly appreciate it my name is Joyce Williams nee Lewis of Aberfan now living in Yellowknife Canada
Joyce Williams
Yellowknife , Canada - 2006-05-03 16:04
Congratulations on producing such a comprehensive site about "The Workhouse". I suspect that many other folk have found, like me, that ancestors may have been inmates in such places at some time or other. It is proving very enlightening to find out so much about them and also learnig a lot about British social history, in such a digestable form. Well Done Peter. Colin Earl.
Colin Earl
UK - 2006-05-03 16:02
Your site is excellent Peter. Keep up the good work. Re: Southlands Hospital, Shoreham, Sussex - formerly Shoreham Workhouse or Steyning Poor Law union. If any guests to your site wish to research further they can try the Shoreham-by-sea town website at They have an active forum that may be an opportunity to get more information from locals. Paul Osborne.
Paul Osborne.
UK - 2006-04-24 21:30
Hello, I have found that an ADAM TRISTRAM died December 26, 1906 in the Union Workhouse, Merthyr, Glamorgan, Wales. I have looked up the 1901 census and can't find him anywhere. Is there a Record for inmates of 1906 known to anyone.......? Any help very much appreciated...... Robyn Clarke
Robyn Clarke
Australia - 2006-04-24 21:29
I have been searching for an "adopted" aunt and by chance I found details of her on the 1891 census. After many tries searching her surname and birth area I think I may have found her birth mother in a workhouse. You site has been enormously helpful.
UK - 2006-04-24 21:29
This must be the best history website that I have come across!
Jane Farquharson
UK - 2006-04-24 21:28
HI, I'm trying to find out wiether any of my ancesters have been in work houses,as it's not a usual topic of conversation,plus on my fathers side,his father would not mention anything like that even if his life had depended on it, so am looking for Homers,Woods,Brenans, Dowses. thank you, Annette Davies
Annette Davies
UK - 2006-04-24 21:28
Recently I discovered that the birth of my (paternal) great-grandmother, Henrietta Thomas (nee Riddington), is registered (1842) at St Luke's in Islington/Middlesex. This led me to that workhouse and in turn to your web site which I think is superb. It has spurred me on to find out why she was registered there although it is not difficult to make assumptions. I have spent most of this Bank Holiday navigating it and have been overwhelmed entirely by the fascinating social history you have captured and presented so well. Thank you.
Michael Thomas
UK - 2006-04-24 21:27
Hi all, I am trying to find out information about long term residents of the workhouse. A relative of mine Jonathon Carrington was an inmate of Hemel Hempstead Union Wokhouse for over 40 years. On the 1851 cences he is living with his father aged 16 his occupation the same as his fathers "ag labouror" but for the next 40 years after the death of his father he remains in the workhouse. From what I have read the workhouse was not a place people would choose to live and you had to be pretty desperate to stay there. This leads me to think that Jonathon could have had a mental illness and was unable to take care of himself after the death of his father. However according to the cences the were plenty of his family living in and around the town. My Grandmother (Sarah Janes) was also born in the workhouse, she disapears for a while and I find her working as a servant on a farm but by the next cences she is back in the workhouse and giving birth to an illigitmet child Henry Janes. Two years after this she marries my great grandfather James Carrington. James is the brother of Jonathon Carrington who had spent the best part of his life in the workhouse. There is so much more I need to find out and your sight has been very usefull to me. Many thanks
Elizabeth Carrington
Hemel Hempstead, UK - 2006-04-24 21:26
This must be the best history website that I have come across!
Jane Farquharson
UK - 2006-04-24 20:50
I am trying to research my family tree. However my gran on my mother's side was an orphan. Her name was ETHEL DAVISON. She was born in 1909 in THORNEY DYKE. She also had a sister named MARY. ETHEL became a WESLYAN in later life. Any info however small, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Dave Hart
I am looking for my grandfather's family they were in the workhouse in the 1900s william morrison Father i think themother was harriet sargent there was young william, martha ann, mary and john my grandfather i only know he was born in scotland 1894 then came to england about 1901 straight into the workhouse can you help.
Pat Andrews <>
bury, lancashire UK - 2006-04-09 20:14
The amount of time and engery taken to build this site to it's current excellent standard is to be commended. Thank you. On a personal note my mother was sent to Blackbrook House St Helen's in 1935 and I would lke to make contact with anyone who was there between 1935 - 1937.
Janet Billington <>
Brisbane, Queensland Australia - 2006-04-09 01:05
looking for more info on my great grandmother hannah chidlow who was at whitchurch shropshire union workhouse in 1886 and had my grandfather joseph henry chidlow there on the second of august 1886 joseph sister edith was there in 1891 census but no hannah(mother)
harry rix <>
cheshire UK - 2006-04-06 18:03
I just wanted to pass on a note to let you know what a great job you have done with this site..Thanks!
alex <>
New York, NY USA - 2006-04-06 11:40
Dear Peter, This site was so informative. I had heard about workhouses in Ireland during the famine. Of course also had read Oliver Twist in school. Now I have a better understanding of what sort of places they were. Thank you so much!!
Candace Coates <>
Hopewell Jct, NY USA - 2006-04-05 05:15
I have been trying to find if there was a Castle Workhouse in Liverpool in 1901. I have traced my grandfather who worked there as a book keeper. If anyone has any information I would be very grateful if they would contact me.
Miriam Ormsby <>
Bristol, Avon UK - 2006-04-04 01:13
What a surprise to find your very informative site on Workhouses. I just obtained a copy of my Grandfather's birth record from St. Ives, Cornwall and it said he was born in a Union Workhouse in Madron. I looked through your site until I found a mention of the Madron workhouse in Penzance. I am hoping to find some records kept at the workhouse, naming my ancestors. Thank you for a helpful start in my search.
Sue Samotis(Harry) <>
Oscoda, MI U.S.A. - 2006-03-31 00:38
hello good people. over the years me and my sister have been trying to find out our dads side of the family on is mams side. her name was FANNY PITCHFORD her father was called NOHA PITCHFORD and relitiv that was in charge of the mill workhouse at TODMORDEN derbishire. the family pitchford come from SHROPSHIRE if anybody can help we would be gratful.
ron <>
manchester, lancs UK - 2006-03-30 18:27
looking for information on my uncle born in the sandleford workhouse newbury, 5 bartholomew place newbury.. date of birth 03/06/45 and named peter alan roy.. mothers maiden name pearce.. birth was registered on 20/06/45 and he was adopted soon after but have no idea who by or where! any information would be gratefully accepted. Donnax
donna <>
berkshire, UK - 2006-03-29 11:20
HI, I have just discovered that one of my ancestors died in the Withington Workhouse in Manchester in 1898 (at the age of 53 from Melancholia & Pneumonia)-then quite by chance I have found your Website by surfing the net-It is fantastic, I have bookmarked it, and will now spend some time going through it. Thank you. Michael
Michael Clarke <>
Melbourne, Victoria Australia - 2006-03-29 07:39
Hello I am looking for information on my grandmother Ellen Coupe, I have heard she was brought up in Chorley workhouse Lancashire possibly from the age of 10 yrs. The 1901 census she shows living with her grandparents in Chorley, but not her parents If anyone can help I would be grateful
Averil Alford <>
Gravesend, Kent UK - 2006-03-27 20:29
What a great site! Thank you so much, Peter, for all your hard work. This is a wonderful resource and your efforts are truly appreciated.
Sandra Alexander <>
Toronto, Ontario Canada - 2006-03-26 23:08
Thank you for this wonderful resource. A family of my ancestors {Sims} were inmates of Whitchurch, Hampshire workhouse during the 1870s. I have been quite moved by the descriptions of life in the workhouse and feel closer to them through this. Thank you.
James Broad <>
London, London UK - 2006-03-26 22:37
When I found my Gr-Gr-Grandfather, Charles Higgs, on the 1871 census at the workhouse at Reading St Mary, my internet search found your site. What a resource! He was listed as an idiot - your glossary finally explained exactly what was meant by that term. Keep up the good work...
Richard Carvill <>
Reading, Berks UK - 2006-03-26 18:43
A most thorough site. Spent some time looking for Abingdon (of which the thumbnail above the menu is of I do believe), but remembered that at the time it was in Berkshire. Please keep up the great work.
Barry Evans <>
- 2006-03-25 22:31
What can I say.... Wow fantastic site,You have put much time and effort into this, Thank You for the wonderful work you have done.
Christine Frater <>
Rockhampton, Queensland Australia - 2006-03-25 14:12
I recenly discovered our gt gt grandmother MARIAN LOUISE MANN(nee Grainger)died 26th January 1901 at Manchester Workhouse. Informant E M Atkin Matron Workhouse Crumpsall.(she put Mary Louise Mann on death certificate) Does anyone know what records if any are available for this workhouse. Have found photographs. Also where would someone be buried after dying at Crumpsall Workhouse. Has anyone else out there found family at this workhouse around 1901 and did they manage to find any records. Please feel free to email me. Thank you Jayne.
Jayne Grainger <>
Reading, Berkshire UK - 2006-03-25 13:25
I stumbled across your site by accident but I am so glad I did - what a fascinating insight. It was particularly interesting to learn the history behind some of the large buildings within Oundle that I pass on a regular basis and to note that they are not all simply part of Oundle School.
amanda mickleburgh <>
oundle, UK - 2006-03-23 12:40
hi i am trying to find information on childrens cottage homes from 1945-1950 in the staincliffe dewsbury area any information would help thank you
maureen chant <>
brighouse, bradford UK - 2006-03-23 12:04
really good site though still no nearer to finding my grandad who was found waking streets at 4yrs orphaned he used to say in jarrow nothumberland and there was talk of chester le street dont know where to start but fairly new to this i will return to this sight very interesting.
peter bush <>
lancashire UK - 2006-03-21 22:28
What a fantastic site. I originally accessed this site in mid 2004 and found some useful information but on returning now it has grown substantially. My great grandmother was born in the Barnstaple Workhouse in 1853 and her mother spent several years there. Sadly no one alive today has any information about life there. I have however taken the tour and learned quite a lot but will have to return again to explore the site further. Superb historical resource.
Colin Andrew <>
SWANSEA, Wales UK - 2006-03-20 00:08
Fascinating site. Thank you for the quality work you have done. It is very educational.
Joe Cordileone <>
San Diego, CA USA - 2006-03-15 04:15
My Great Grandfather WILLIAM RICHARD CREWE died of a brain disease on 15 December 1890 at the Islington Workhouse in St.Johns Road Islington London. Any information on this workhouse would be gratefully appreciated. Thank you for a brilliant web-site.
Coral Stone <>
Enger Germany - 2006-03-12 13:04
I can't find anything on Culcheth Cottage Homes or the workhouse that was in Culcheth on Common Lane.
Sharon <>
Warrington, Cheshire UK - 2006-03-11 10:34 [Dear Sharon, try using the Search facility]
I am looking for any information about my great great grandfather Robert Titchener who alledgedly died in the Faringdon Workhouse in 1894 - and his mother Rachel Titchener who was taken into the same workhouse in 1836 with her cildren Emily and Marha
Fred Titchener <>
Eastbourne , Sussex UK - 2006-03-08 17:14
Hi Peter I was given your site details by my social policy module tutor. What a fantastic site. You have obviously put a lot of hard work and dedication into the site. I work with people with learning disabilties some of who took up residency in some of the old workhouse eg Caistor Lincolnshire. It has been very interesting lokking back over its history. I have just spent the last 2.5 hours looking at there various sections of your site and adding many of them to my favourites. Regards Julie
Julie Smith <>
Market Rasen, Lincolnshire UK - 2006-03-07 22:23
Peter This is a stunning piece work you have emabarked upon. A major contribution to enrich our social history. I came across this site, through various links, whilst researching my family history. I discovered a distant relative died 1885, at the St Cuthberts Poorhouse, in Edinburgh. I did find it odd though that his wife and children were living elesewhere the 1881 census. Most only seem to show the Census at 1881? I will come back to the site when I have more time to digest and enjoy the content. Many thanks for your hardwork in creating this masterpiece!!
Sandra James <>
Castel, Guernsey - 2006-03-05 12:24
i am looking for any information on HOLLYMOUNT CONVENT IN TOTTINGTON my grandmawas an inmate here from 1923and i am trying to collect any information i can about this place you know her was you in with her thank
Debbie Jones <>
UK - 2006-03-04 21:13
I believe that my mother and her brother were raised in a workhouse in Manchester. Their father died at age 37 leaving 6 children. I guess my mum & her brother were in the middle somewhere maybe 5 yrs? Their names were Alice & William Ringland. How could I trace this.
Mrs Brenda Postles <>
Manchester, Lancashire UK - 2006-03-04 11:43
I am looking for Benjamin Arch born around 1873 in Warwickshire. Family moved to London around 1861. I have checked many vessel logs to no avail and think it likely hebecame an inmate in a London work-house. I would also be interested in anyone named Arch found in any records.
Mark J Arch <>
London, Essex UK - 2006-03-03 21:08
I have found my Great Grandad George W. Plater (b1842? british subject on board ship) in a Kensington Workhouse in the 1851 Census. I know his father was Thomas Plater. George W. Plater ended up in the Grimsby/Cleethorpes Area which is where I was born. Can anybody help me take this a step futher. Thanks Barb Kaye
Barbara Kaye <>
Sarnia, Ontario Canada - 2006-03-03 19:12
I am looking for information regarding my Great great grandmother Susan Wright. She died at Lurgan Workhouse in 1876, single, at the age of 35. I have her Death Cert, but it gives no info as to where she lived or who her mother or father was. I would appreciate any help anyone could give me. Regards James Baxter McCoo
James Baxter McCoo <>
DEAL, KENT UK - 2006-03-03 13:29
The most generous web-site I have seen to date, rather unusual in that respect, and so informative, so knowledgeable. Well done Peter. Kind regards and Thanks. Nadine.
nadine <>
dorset UK - 2006-03-02 21:42
I would like to access any information on my maternal grandmother Kate New and her brothers Richard and Philip who were under the care of the Edmonton Union prior to being sent to Canada under the auspices of Dr. Bernardo's program. My grandmother's group were the last group accepted by Barnardo's directly from the Edmonton Union as it was then required that any children travelling with Barnardo children had to be residents of a Barnardo's facility for at least three months prior. I realize it's a long shot, but any information would be very much appreciated.
Carol Pugliese <>
St. Catharines , Ontario Canada - 2006-03-02 20:53
I am trying to trace any information on Elizabeth Henry born approx 1925 in County Armagh, Ireland. I have found out that she gave birth to my dad in the workhouse in 1941. she left armagh to live in manchester a couple of years later. the father of my dad was called william burns born approx 1917 and was in the irish guards. i am not sure were to look to try and find her. can anyone recommend a good website, or does anyone have any info. many thanks.
suzanne evans <>
bolton, england UK - 2006-03-01 13:35
I am researching the CANHAM family ancestry. Francis Canham died in St Marys Workhouse Newington in 1861 aged 45 years. I would like to know more about his life if anyone can help or point me in a direction that might help - that would be great.
maureen adcock <>
Melbourne, Victoria Australia - 2006-02-26 04:21
does anyone have any info about Easington workhouse, my G.G.gramdmothers 3 brothers and sister were in there in 1861,my,G.G grandmother was not i think she may have been a servant she would have been 16 at the time,her mother must have put them in (must have been heart wrenching),i found her mother living on her own somewhere else, i know she would have put them in there because they would have had on money but why did she not go in with them, don't know how she could have left her children i don't know the circumstances for it(wish i did),any help would be appreciated.
pol <>
UK - 2006-02-24 13:39
Work House - Albert House, Albert Street,Slough. My father was born there in 1943.Does anyone know where all the records are? Does anyone have a list of people who stayed there? Looking for Gwendoline Howlett's details. Also if any children were born there if they were adopted withins weeks of birth where would the adoption papers be today???? any help would be great Big Thankyou
Paul Drake <>
Eton, Berkshire UK - 2006-02-21 23:41
I am trying to locate my family of Robinsons. Sarah Robinson was in Manchester Workhouse (New Bridge Street) and had a son called Richard in 1863 Sarah Robinson also had another son called John Thomas Robinson both fathers unknown - Birth cert states Workhouse. Can anyone tell me if there are records I can search to find anymore information. Kind regards Andrea
Andrea Finney <>
Lancahsire, UK - 2006-02-21 21:30
Many thanks, your site has helped in my reasearch of the life and times of my Great Grandfather William Green-stonemason of Aberaeron. I believe I may be his last surviving male descendant and if I am able to get to Aberaeron I'll know that the harbour and other buildings William Green helped to build also include a former workhouse as well as the Tabernacle Chapel! Sincerely. Reg Green ex Wales now in Australia.
Reginald D. Green <>
Ulladulla, NSW Australia - 2006-02-20 09:47
I am trying to find out what happened to my father after his illegitimate birth in 1906 to Agnes May Ward (father unknown). He was born in Olton Warwickshire. I know he was brought up in `care` but have no idea where or by whom. He died when I was five and have no one else to ask. Any information would be great! Thanks Jenny
Jennifer Yates <>
lichfield, staffs UK - 2006-02-19 20:27
My Grandmother and Great Aunt were placed in The Leeds Union Workhouse between 1904 - 1912 they then went to live in Mount Saint Mary's Catholic Orphanage. Any information about either of these places would be appreciated.
Yorkshire UK - 2006-02-18 12:36
Tooting Home and Union Infirmary, Church Lane, Tooting. This became St Benedicts Hospital and closed in about 1981. All that is now left is its clocktower! I have some pics from 1979 if you would like them.
Ray <>
UK - 2006-02-16 17:09
ABIJAN, OWERRI TOGO - 2006-02-16 15:48
Hi This site has brought to life the childhood my Dad and his brother had in the Lambeth Workhouse - Norwood School. My Dad wrote about his experiences there although he never got to finish his story, the aggressive nature of a 'man' called Miller was disturbing. If anyone is interested in the notes I would be happy to send them. Equally if anyone has any information for me it would be gratefully received. My Dad was Reginald James Webb and he was born in 1919 and sent to the workhouse in the mid 1920s. I know that later in life Dad went back to see the old school demolished I guess that was a kind of finality for him. How lucky are we in this day and age! Jane
Jane Webb <>
Lincolnshire UK - 2006-02-15 19:44
i have been told that my great grandfather had something to do with starting or helping to start the poor house now known as belfast city hospital his name was joseph kane he lived at 6 mountview street in north belfast, he was married to marria who was a dressmaker, they had 6 children 3 boys and 3 girls i would be gratful if this could be confirmed any information would be great as ia am trying to trace my family tree and dont have a lot of information about any banches of my family as all of the older generation have passed away
melanie nabi <>
belfast, down UK - 2006-02-15 18:42
Hi, l have just found my grt grandad and grandmother, my grt grandad died at home in the year 1917 at the age of 38. My grt grandmother died the following year 1918 in Manchester workhouse Crumpsall age 37 years. Died of TB left three young children, My grandparents name was Thomas & Nellie Maddock, the three children were Annie, Alf and Elsie. It was very unsetting to find out they died so young and in the workhouse. I have been reading a lot of the message's what a wonderful web page. regards Patricia
Patricia Newton <>
Manchester, Lancashire UK - 2006-02-13 17:20
Hi l have just found my grt grandad and grandmother, my grandad died at home in the year 1917 at the age of 38. My grandmother died the following year 1918 in Manchester workhouse Crumpsall age 37 years. Died of TB left three young children, My grandparents name was Thomas & Nellie Maddock, the three children were Annie, Alf and Elsie. It was very unsetting to find out they died so young and in the workhouse. I have been reading a lot of the message's what a wonderful web page. regards Patricia
Patricia Newton <>
Manchester, Lancashire UK - 2006-02-13 17:19
My brother Andrew was born at Twyford Lodge, Willesdon in 1943. Does anyone know if there were any adoption records kept at around that time. I am trying to trace any living relatives of his Birth Mother -her name was Dorothy Marion Winder. She was a Canteen Assistant and lived in the Willesden area. Would love to hear from anyone that may be able to shed some light on Twyford Lodge. Many thanks. Sue Pledger.
UK - 2006-02-12 21:23
My grandfather John Ludlow was born in Liverpool's Mount Pleasant Workhouse on 24th sept 1887 it states his mothers name as Maud ann Ludlow father unknown although his father was present at his wedding in 1911 and he later calls himself John James after his father. I have been unable to find out anything of his parents. My dad never talked of them I am at a loss to know where to look next
Mu Ludlow <>
Derby, Derbyshire UK - 2006-02-12 20:43
I am interested in locating anybody who can help me trace an Arthur Conley - who was an inmate at Gateshead Union Workhouse, he was a witness at my G/G/G/ Grandads marriage. (1886) Thank you - Jennifer.
Gillian jennifer shield <>
Gateshead, UK - 2006-02-12 17:12
Can someone tell me where I can find the archives for St Marys catholic Industrial school Croyden my mothers aunt was there sometime between 1904-1907 and was sent to Canada from there
pat sullivan <>
redbridge, essex UK - 2006-02-11 18:09
My father Walter YOUNG, and his mother Lucy (YOUNG?), were born in Newington Workhouse, London. Walter had a brother, Henry, whose WW1 record we have where he said his father was Thomas Young - a horsedrawn bus driver. Thomas and Lucy don't appear to have been wedded, on 1901 census he had his own family. How can we find Lucy and Walter's workhouse record? How can we find details of Henry's birth? Walter LeonardYoung gainsborough, Lincs UK
Walter Leonard Young <>
Gainsborough, Lincolnshire UK - 2006-02-11 16:28
What a great site! I am looking for my grandfather x 4, William RUSSELL, who was in the CAMBERWELL workhouse in Surrey in 1881, according to the census of that year. I believe he died there in 1888. I would like to find out why he was admitted and when exactly. Also where he was buried, although I guess he would have had a pauper's grave! Any ideas?
Evie <>
Shrewsbury, UK - 2006-02-08 10:42
My great grandmother was a British Home Child who was sent to Canada from England with the Middlemore group at the age of 6 aboard the SS Moravian in 1879. After ten years of research I have found an entry in a parish baptism record for St. Martin's Church, Birmingham. The entry says that her mother's "abode" was a workhouse. Can you tell me how I can find out the names of the workhouses affiliated with St. Martin's Church? Are their lists of people who lived in the workhouses to which I might have access? With thanks in advance.
Nancy Whyte <>
Amherstburg, Ontario Canada - 2006-02-08 03:28
My Father C.L Goddard was born in epsom workhouse in 1920. His Mother died at this time & his Father is unknown. Does anyone have any advice as to how i can obtain his orphanage records as all that i know is that he grew up in an orphanage in Surrey. He never knew that his Mother died to give him life. Any reply is welcome. Carl
carl goddard <>
campbelltown, nsw australia - 2006-02-06 12:07
Hi Peter. Im hoping someone can give us any information on births in the Camberwell workhouses. We believe our mother was born in one of the three house, in 1921. My mums name was Doris Smith, born 22nd Feb 1921.My grandmothers name was Elsie Smith. We would like to know if these facts are true ??? And if the fahters names where ever given, if the women were unmarried ?? Any information would be of help. Sadly most of the family who kept these secret, have all now passed away.Its a big ask I know, but its worth a try. Many thanks Jane
Jane Lyttle <>
Hamilton, Waikato New Zealand - 2006-02-04 23:48
My Grandmother Florence Emily Rourke was an inmate of the St Leonards Street Workhouse, Bromley-by-Bow.Her two sons William,Andrew and John(who may well have died in this establishment),daughters Rosina and Ada Rourke were also inmates. Their admission into the establishment may well have been forced by my Grandfathers conscription into the Army in 1915,their cicumstances could have not been helped by his demise in October 1916. Her/their circumstances changed in 1919 when Florence Emily remarried in 1919. Possible time scale is between 1915 and 1919.I would appreciate any help or contact, sincerly,
Brian Bradford <>
Martock, Somerset UK - 2006-02-03 11:43
What a wonderful site - so comprehensive, I don't think anything was missed. You should truly be proud of this site!
Nick <>
Columbus, Ohio US - 2006-02-03 00:40
Great site -- I am very interesed in my husbands line the "Ryle" family. I was searching for them for a long time in the 1851 census and found the name was spelt wrong. Christian the father was a convict and arrived in Australia 1849. The mother and children arrived in Australia 1852. I was rather surprised to find the children in the Greenwich East Union Workhouse. Have not found the mother Catherine in the census. Would any records be available of the Greenwich Workhouse? CENSUS 1851 Christian Rayle abt 1843 N Inmate Greenwich Kent George Rayle abt 1845 N Inmate Greenwich Kent Henry Rayle abt 1839 London, Middlesex, England Inmate Greenwich Kent Louisa Rayle abt 1842 N Inmate Greenwich Kent N K Rayle abt 1841 N Inmate Greenwich Kent Richard Rayle abt 1837 Rotherhithe, Surrey, England Inmate Greenwich Kent William Rayle abt 1848 N Inmate Greenwich Kent Regards Rose
Rose <>
Australia - 2006-01-30 21:42
MyGreat Grandmothers brother Richard Trainor was listed in the 1871 census as a Boy on this foundation aged 13- the relation section was a Charity Boy. The area was the Collegiate ward of Manchester in the Cathedral District. Has anyone any idea about this. In the 188l census he is back home with his Mother in Darwen and in the 1901 census he is a teacher in Prestwich Manchester
Mildred Riley <>
Darwen, Lancashire UK - 2006-01-27 23:11
I'm trying to find out about Jane Buffham who was in the Pancras Workhouse, London in the 1891 census. She died there in 1899. Any information about the inmates & conditions of the Pancras workhouse gratefully received. Thanks.
Angela Caroll <>
UK - 2006-01-27 14:15
Will return in the near future. i like it! looks nice!
UK - 2006-01-27 11:39
Thank-you kind sir for such a detailed site.My uncle Ernest Joynson went to Padgate Cottage Homes in the 1900's.He was unaware at the time that his half brothers Frank and George were there too.He didn't know he had any family and lived there till he reached 18 then went to Canada.Then in 1987 a family member answered an add in the local paper and Ernest was found.It was very sad when we realised that he had been at the cottage homes with his brothers but didn't even know untill they were both in their 70's.It's good to be able to see pictures of where they went.My grandad Frank Joynson also went to the blue coat school in Daresbury.I'd love to see pictures of this school.The hotel stands there now.Thanks again my friend. Sharon Healey nee Joynson
Sharon Healey nee Joynson <>
Warrington, Cheshire UK - 2006-01-27 03:08
Can anyone tell me how to get list of occupants of Rochford Workhouse circa April 1918
hw.kelsey <>
southend-on-sea, ESSEX UK - 2006-01-26 19:45
My gr,gr,grandfather died in Union workhouse Leftwich as a result of an accident at Northwich Salt Works where he fell into boiling brine. He apparently lived 12 days after the accident and died in the workhouse. I presume the workhouse was the only place he could get medical treatment. He died on 14 April 1861 and there was an inquest although I havent found details. Does anyone have any idea where someone who died in Leftwich workhouse would be buried.
angela robertson <>
wigan, lancashire UK - 2006-01-25 22:14
TRYSULL, SEISDON UNION - I'm interested in Sarah Snape who went in as an infant in 1866 with her sister. Is anyone else interested in TRYSULL? Thankyou Peter, a good site.
Ant <>
UK - 2006-01-25 22:12
One of my ancestor's was born at the Workhouse in May 1853 by the name of David Lloyd Jones I am trying to locate his mother's home and if there was a father named, can anyone help
mary gower <>
Ashford, Kent UK - 2006-01-25 12:34
I am trying to find any information on eastbourne union work house or eastbourne poor house 1934- 1919 after this it was a hospital till 1989 approx
marion morris <>
eastbourne, sussex UK - 2006-01-23 21:59
My grandfather, George Rae, died in Greenock Poorhouse, Smithston, Gourock, Scotland on 31 July 1919 aged 51 years of a cerebral haemorrhage. He had been a ship's steward. His wife, my grandmother, was Mary nee, Kenyon. George's father and mother were Peter Rae and Agnes nee, Teesdale.
gordon Hamilton Rae <>
Hindhead, Surrey UK - 2006-01-22 18:37
Like Leslie Dunkling (23 Oct 2005) , my father Albert Laurence Blake was born at Twyford Lodge, in 1926. I was originally under the impression that it was a nursing home, until research showed otherwise. An aunt tells me that my grandmother had booked a place at a nursing home in Willesden for the birth, but Dad decided to arrive some weeks early. In the rush to get Nan to hospital, there was no time to go anywhere but the Infirmary, and she was absolutely furious that her son was 'born in the workhouse'. I should add that despite having booked a place in a nursing home the family were not 'well-to-do' - Grandad was a policeman. Another relative died there in the early 1940's of cancer, though I am curious to note that in both cases, the location was given as Twyford Lodge rather than as Park Royal Hospital (1926) or Central Middlesex County Hospital (1940's). Thanks for a brilliant site - lots of avenues of research to follow up. Alyson Herbert, Essex
Alyson Herbert <>
Essex UK - 2006-01-20 21:21
I thouroughly enjoyed reading this site it gave me lots of pleasure, I teach a Year 6 class and it has been useful for their project. It has been a pleasure reading you. Thanks
Francis Figo <>
- 2006-01-20 11:42
Very good website very useful. I am looking from information about Evesham workhouse and inmates records around the period 1887 as one of my ancestors was born there. If any one knows of any information of this period I would be very grateful. I think all records from this period have been destroyed. Thank you for a wonderful website and your time.
Paul Sedgley <>
UK - 2006-01-19 16:29
I am trying to find information about the Whitham family who lived in Caistor Lincs around the 1800s. My great great great grandfather was Robert William Whitham who was master of Caistor workhouse from 1834 to 1856.I have traced back as far as this but have drawn a blank before 1796 . If anyone has any information prior to these dates I would be grateful if you could get in touch.
Yvonne Williams <>
Halifax, W.Yorks UK - 2006-01-18 23:06
I too stumbled on your site via the BBC Who do ou think you are guide. Absolutely wonderful site - and very sad in some cases. Really good links to other sites too. I am researching my father's family - the Pressleys of Herne Bay in Kent. Would value any contributions - thanks.
Jill Hall <>
LONDON, UK - 2006-01-18 16:24
i am looking for pictures of the long gone cottage homes at staincliffe dewsbury please help
michael ramsden <>
huddersfield, UK - 2006-01-15 16:40
Wonderful site - informative, interesting and very well put together. Have spent a good few hours reading away! G :)
Spain - 2006-01-15 02:02
I am trying to find details of the death of my Great Grandfather, Charles Kaiser (or King) who we think died in Ware workhouse sometime in the 1920s. Does anyone know where I might find some infomation about the inmates at that time. Thanks in advance.
Wendy Haylock <>
Bourne End, Bucks UK - 2006-01-13 14:52
Can anyone tell me the name of the workhouse/institute in the old area of St George Edinburgh 685/01 and exactly what this area would be called now, and how I can find out more information on it around 1906
margaret campbell <margaret>
stonehouse, lanarkshire UK - 2006-01-12 17:02
I am trying to find information on George Buxton, an inmate of the New Bridge Street Workhouse in Manchester. He appears there on the 1861 census but I have no idea what happened to him! He was married to Ann Ford of Cornwall and they had children called Annie (b.1841) and Edmund (b.1837) Ann(wife) appears as a widow on the 1871 census.
G.Stewart <>
Coventry, UK - 2006-01-07 19:43
I am looking for an old photo of Greenwich Workhouse (19th century) and or photos of people at work in the workhouses for a project I am currently involved in. Many thanks. Shirine
shirine <>
avignon, vaucluse france - 2006-01-05 21:02
Looking for info on my family Bourhill.
Michelle <>
margate, queensland australia - 2006-01-04 12:45
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