Grantham Poor Law Union, Lincolnshire Genealogy

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History[edit | edit source]

The early Grantham workhouse appears to have been a bequest of Francis Trigg of the Old Red Lion Inn in 1597 for the relief of the poor. The Inn was demolished and a brick and stone parish workhouse replaced it.

After the Poor Law reforms of 1834 and enactment of the Poor Law reform Act, the Grantham Poor Law Union was formed on 14 January 1836 to serve the needs of 52 local parishes in Lincolnshire and those bordering which were in  Leicestershire. The new Union Work House was built in 1837 to the south-west of the town, to the west of the railway station and was built to house up to 300 paupers.

For more information see The Workhouse Site: Grantham Union Workhouse. http://www.workhouses.org.uk/Grantham/ This web page has a map of the workhouse, greater information, and gives a February 1867 report of an inspection by the Poor Law Board: the conditions were execrable.

In March 1890, the Grantham Board of Guardians decided that a new workhouse was needed. The new building went up in 1891-2 at a site on the south side of Dysart Road to the west of the town. It was built to accommodate 200 paupers. The workhouse later became Hill View Hospital, but the buildings were demolished in the late 1960s.

Surviving records for this union including Grantham Poor Law Union Guardians' minute books (1863-1930); Service register (1862-1930); and some other miscellaneous documents are held by the Lincolnshire Archives St. Rumbold Street Lincoln, LN2 5AB (United Kingdom) e-mail: Archive@lincolnshire.gov.uk

Parishes in the Union[edit | edit source]

Ancaster, Lincolnshire Genealogy Barrowby, Lincolnshire Genealogy Bassingthorpe with Westby, Lincolnshire Genealogy Belton (near Grantham), Lincolnshire Genealogy Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire Genealogy Bitchfield, Lincolnshire Genealogy Boothby Pagnell, Lincolnshire Genealogy Bottesford, Leicestershire Genealogy Braceby, Lincolnshire Genealogy Burton le Coggles, Lincolnshire Genealogy Carlton Scroope, Lincolnshire Genealogy Colsterworth, Lincolnshire Genealogy Croxton Kerrial, Leicestershire Genealogy Denton, Lincolnshire Genealogy Grantham, Lincolnshire Genealogy Grantham Grange, Lincolnshire Genealogy Great Gonerby, Lincolnshire Genealogy Great Ponton, Lincolnshire Genealogy Haceby, Lincolnshire Genealogy Harlaxton, Lincolnshire Genealogy Harston, Leicestershire Genealogy Heydour, Lincolnshire Genealogy Honington, Lincolnshire Genealogy Hough on the Hill, Lincolnshire Genealogy Ingoldsby, Lincolnshire Genealogy Kelby, Lincolnshire Genealogy Knipton, Leicestershire Genealogy Lenton, Lincolnshire Genealogy Little Ponton, Lincolnshire Genealogy Manthorpe with Londonthorpe, Lincolnshire Genealogy Muston, Leicestershire Genealogy Normanton, Lincolnshire Genealogy Stoke Rochford, Lincolnshire Genealogy North Witham, Lincolnshire Genealogy Pickworth, Lincolnshire Genealogy Redmile, Leicestershire Genealogy Ropsley, Lincolnshire Genealogy Sapperton, Lincolnshire Genealogy Skillington, Lincolnshire Genealogy Old Somerby (with Great Humby), Lincolnshire Genealogy South Witham, Lincolnshire Genealogy Spittlegate, Lincolnshire Genealogy Gunby St Nicholas, Lincolnshire Genealogy Stroxton, Lincolnshire Genealogy Welby, Lincolnshire Genealogy Woolsthorpe with Stainworth, Lincolnshire Genealogy Wyville with Hungerton, Lincolnshire Genealogy