Stafford Poor Law Union

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History[edit | edit source]

An institution for the relief of the widows and orphans of poor clergymen of the county is supported by subscription, and has also property vested in old South Sea stock. A county infirmary, or hospital, was established in 1766, and the present building erected in 1772. A lunatic asylum was instituted in the year 1818, for paupers in the county, and for patients from all parts of the kingdom, upon moderate terms, regulated according to their circumstances: the buildings, erected at a cost of £30,524, are capable of accommodating 250 inmates; and the gardens and pleasure-grounds comprise 30 acres. Almshouses for twelve aged and infirm persons were erected in 1640, by Sir Martin Noel, at an expense of £1000: twenty families reside in them. The poor-law union of Stafford comprises 20 parishes or places, and contains a population of 20,293.

From: Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 164-170. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=51293 Date accessed: 09 April 2011.

See Also

http://www.institutions.org.uk/workhouses/england/staffs/stafford.htm

For more information on the history of the workhouse, see Peter Higginbotham's web site:

www.workhouses.org.uk and

http://www.workhouses.org.uk/index.html?Stafford/Stafford.shtml

Contributor please add history of the Union

Parishes in the Union[edit | edit source]

Berkswich with Walton, Staffordshire Genealogy Bradley, Staffordshire Genealogy Chartley Holme, Staffordshire Genealogy Colwich, Staffordshire Genealogy Cresswell, Staffordshire Genealogy Derrington, Staffordshire Genealogy Ellenhall, Staffordshire Genealogy Forebridge, Staffordshire Genealogy Fradswell, Staffordshire Genealogy Gayton, Staffordshire Genealogy Haughton, Staffordshire Genealogy Hixon, Staffordshire Genealogy Ingestre, Staffordshire Genealogy Marston with Whitgreave, Staffordshire Genealogy Ranton, Staffordshire Genealogy Ranton Abbey, Staffordshire Genealogy Salt, Staffordshire Genealogy Seighford, Staffordshire Genealogy Stafford Christ Church, Staffordshire Genealogy Stafford St Chad, Staffordshire Genealogy Stafford St Mary, Staffordshire Genealogy Stowe, Staffordshire Genealogy Tillington, Staffordshire Genealogy Tixall, Staffordshire Genealogy Weston upon Trent, Staffordshire Genealogy Worston, Staffordshire Genealogy Yarlet, Staffordshire Genealogy

Later additions Great Haywood, Staffordshire Genealogy