Thirsk Poor Law Union, Yorkshire Genealogy

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History[edit | edit source]

Thirsk Poor Law Union was formed 21st February 1837. In 1838/9 the new Union workhouse to replace the Thirsk Town Workhouse was built to house up to 120 people. The building opened in 1939 after large protests in the town about the new Poor Law.

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

Parishes in the Union[edit | edit source]

Bagby, Yorkshire Birdforth, Yorkshire Carlton Miniott, Yorkshire Cowesby, Yorkshire Felixkirk, Yorkshire Kilburn, Yorkshire South Kilvington, Yorkshire Kirby Knowle, Yorkshire Kirby Wiske, Yorkshire Pickhill, Yorkshire Sand Hutton, Yorkshire Sessay, Yorkshire Skipton on Swale, Yorkshire South Otterington, Yorkshire Sowerby (near Thirsk), Yorkshire Thirkleby, Yorkshire Thirsk, Yorkshire Thornton le Street, Yorkshire Topcliffe, Yorkshire