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Grimsby Poor Law Union

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

  • Before the Poor Law Reform Act of 1834, Grimsby had a "House of Industry", said to have stood in Albert Terrace, Grimsby.
  • After 1836, Grimsby was part of the Caistor Poor Law Union, until 1890.
  • In 1890, population increases in the area led to to the formation of a separate Grimsby Poor Law Union. A workhouse and infirmary for the new Union were built on the west side of Scartho Road, south of Grimsby. The address was 100 Scartho Road.
  • The Board of Guardians met on alternate Mondays at the Workhouse.
  • The new buildings were opened on 9th October 1894.
  • In 1929, the facility was put to new use and renamed The Scartho Road Institution. After passage of the National Health Act in 1948, it became a general hospital. For many years it was known as Grimsby District General Hospital. Following construction of the Princess of Wales' hospital to the south of the site, a number of the former workhouse buildings have been demolished or stand empty. Others are still used for administrative or ancillary services.
  • The North East Lincolnshire Archives in Grimsby has the Grimsby Poor Law Union Master's report books (1919-29); Births (1895-1903, 1914-53); Deaths (1894-56); Creed registers (1910-51); etc.
  • For more on what the LFHS and the Lincoln Archives have on Lincolnshire Poor Law records, see our Poorhouses page.
  • For more on researching Poor Law records, see our Poor Law records list.

Medical Records

Fiona Poulton provides this list of Births from the 1895-1903 registers - these are Surnames only:

Surnames of Parents/Mother
Jackson
Thompson
Barker/Powell
Fletcher
Sampson
Pollard
Chippendale
Sowden
Holmes
Croft
Stinson
Desforges
Thornton
Walker
Mobbs
Pedrick
Dixon
Andrews
Ramsdale
Gooch
Barker
Coates
Wilson
Cliff
Coliins
Coliins
McColl
Butcher
J*rry
Searby
Chalk
Thompson
Harvey
Hobson
Hanson
Marshall
Cullen
Pett
May
Craven
Bennett
Graves
Pollard
Murrill
Johnson
Keogh
Boswell
Parks
Parks
Potter
Ellis
Hanley
Smith
Gall
Walker
Ramsdale
Sullivan
Pearson
Lidgard
Ashworth
Welford
Kyle
Dugdale
Wood
Wood
Ward
Horsfall
Hill
Homans?
Monk alias Evison
Hefford
Swain
Jackson
Cheese
Crask
Hudson
Jones
Russell
Clark
Wilkinson
Laith
Baldwin
Sheroi
Page
Broddley
Sanderson
Parson
Ellis
Emerson
Hicks
Cook
Larsen
Vickers
Harris
Ward
Gostling
Buttery
Willey
Watmough
Cullen
Davis
Kirby
Gathergood (sic)
Foster
Dixon
Robinson
Greenwood
Butterworth
Moulds
Blancher
Brewery
Ferrier
Lax
Hunter
Hunter
Allen
Stott
Morris
Lyon
Lyon
Johnson
Rushby
Lee
Markham
Snell
Sutton
Swinburn
Watson
Lander
Coxon

Staff and officers

  • 1913: William SOUTHWARK, Chairman of the Board of Guardians, John Fildes WINTERINGHAM, clerk, Arthur Henry Leslie MELVILLE, treasurer, Arthur Reyner WILLIAMS, workhouse master, Mrs. Edith Maud WILLIAMS, matron, Algernon WESTLAKE, medical officer. Relieving officers: John Robert APPLEBY, G. J. EASTERBROOK, Fred SKELTON.

District Population

     Year  Inhabitants
1891 61,749
1911 106,705

Bibliography

  • "A Nostalgic Recollection of Scartho Road Institution," Sadie Beal (1983).

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