Wirral Poor Law Union, Cheshire Genealogy

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History[edit | edit source]

The Wirral [occasionally seen spelt Wirrall] Poor Law Union formally came into being on 16th May 1836.
A new Wirral Union workhouse was erected in 1836-7 at Clatterbridge on the road from Birkenhead to Chester. It was designed by William Cole who was also the architect of the Winchester Union workhouse. In 1837, the Poor Law Commissioners authorised an expenditure of £2,500 on the building which was to accommodate 130 inmates.
In 1861, parishes at the north of the Wirral separated to form the new Birkenhead Poor Law Union, Cheshire Genealogy.
After the ending of the workhouse system in 1930, Wirral workhouse was renamed Clatterbridge (County) General Hospital and under the National Health Service became Clatterbridge Hospital. The buildings were demolished in 1997.

Constituent Parishes
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Higher Bebbington see Rock Ferry,   Lower Bebington, Cheshire GenealogyBidston, Cheshire Genealogy, Birkenhead, Cheshire Genealogy, Birkenhead All Saints, Cheshire Genealogy, Birkenhead Holy Trinity, Cheshire Genealogy, Birkenhead St Anne,Cheshire, Birkenhead St James, Cheshire Genealogy,
Birkenhead St Mary, Cheshire Genealogy, Brimstage see  Bromborough, Cheshire Genealogy, Burton, Cheshire Genealogy,  Caldey ,Childen Thornton, Claughton, CheshireEastham, Cheshire Genealogy, Frankley,Gayton see Heswall, Cheshire Genealogy, Grange see Bidston, Cheshire Genealogy, Greasby see Thurstaston, Cheshire Genealogy, Heswall-with Oldfield see   Heswall,_Cheshire, Horton , Hoose see Hoylake Holy Trinity, Cheshire Genealogy , Leighton, Lidham, Liscard, Cheshire Genealogy,  Moreton, Ness,Great and Little neston see Neston, Cheshire Genealogy, Lower Bebington, Cheshire Genealogy, Rock Ferry, Seacombe St Paul,Poulton-cum-Seacombe,Cheshire,  Poulton-cum-Spittle, Nether Pool and Over Pool,Saughall Massey, Puddington, Raby, Storeton, Great Sutton and Little Sutton, Thornton Haugh, Thurstaston, Cheshire Genealogy, Tranmere, Cheshire Genealogy
Upton by Birkenhead, Cheshire Genealogy, Wallasey, Cheshire Genealogy, West Kirby, Cheshire Genealogy, Whitby, Willaston Woodchurch, Cheshire Genealogy

Later Additions: Ellesmere Port (1911), Hoylake cum West Kirby (1894), Rock Ferry (1894-98).

Records[edit | edit source]


  • Cheshire and Chester Archives and Local Studies Service, Cheshire Record Office, Duke Street, Chester, Cheshire CH1 1RL. Holdings include Guardians' minutes (1836-1891, with gaps); Workhouse committee minutes (1892-1926, with gaps)