Barrow upon Soar Poor Law Union, Leicestershire Genealogy

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The Poor Law Union of which Barrow is the head, comprises 30 parishes and places, and contains a population of 19,695.

From Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 158-161. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=50781 Date accessed: 17 May 2011.

Before 1765, Barrow, like other local villages Quorn, Mountsorrel, Sileby and Cossington, had a parish workhouse, which was in Sileby Road possibly opposite the large building which was once Driver’s factory. About 1782, Barrow and these other parishes “incorporated” to form the Barrow House of Industry to provide poor relief to paupers from these villages. The land and dwellings in Beveridge Street and Melton Road were purchased and used until 1840 for this purpose, by which time the Incorporation had grown to include over 30 parishes.

The Barrow upon Soar Incorporation,  formed under the Gilbert Act preceded the formation of the Barrow upon Soar Poor Law Union on  11 September 1837 , the Incorporation  workhouse continued to be used until 1840 opening of the Rothley site. The Governors of the new Union had acquired the old workhouse when the Incorporation was ended in 1837

In 1840 the Union workhouse was opened at Rothley and was built to house up to 300 people.

See also

http://www.workhouses.org.uk/BarrowUponSoar/

Constituent Parishes[edit | edit source]

Anstey, Leicestershire Genealogy Anstey Pastures, Leicestershire Genealogy Barkby, Leicestershire Genealogy Barkby Thorpe, Leicestershire Genealogy Barrow upon Soar, Leicestershire Genealogy Beaumont Leys, Leicestershire Genealogy Beeby, Leicestershire Genealogy Belgrave, Leicestershire Genealogy Birstall, Leicestershire Genealogy Bradgate Park, Leicestershire Genealogy Cossington, Leicestershire Genealogy Gilroes, Leicestershire Genealogy Leicester Abbey, Leicestershire Genealogy Leicester Frith, Leicestershire Genealogy Mountsorrel, Leicestershire Genealogy Mountsorrel Christ Church, Leicestershire Genealogy Newtown Linford, Leicestershire Genealogy North Thurmaston, Leicestershire Genealogy Queniborough, Leicestershire Genealogy Quorn, Leicestershire Genealogy Ratcliffe on the Wreake, Leicestershire Genealogy Rearsby, Leicestershire Genealogy Rothley, Leicestershire Genealogy Rothley Temple, Leicestershire Genealogy Seagrave, Leicestershire Genealogy Sileby, Leicestershire Genealogy South Croxton, Leicestershire Genealogy Swithland, Leicestershire Genealogy Syston, Leicestershire Genealogy Thrussington, Leicestershire Genealogy Thurcaston, Leicestershire Genealogy Thurmaston, Leicestershire Genealogy Ulverscroft, Leicestershire Genealogy Walton on the Wolds, Leicestershire Genealogy Wanlip, Leicestershire Genealogy Woodhouse, Leicestershire Genealogy Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire Genealogy