After the Poor Law reforms of 1834, the Louth Poor Law Union was formed on 12 April 1837 to serve the needs of 86 local parishes. The new Union Work House was erected in 1837 on Holme Lane on the north side of Louth, just east of Grimsby Road. It was designed to accommodate 350 inmates.
Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Louth Workhouse on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2005.
In 1874, a 50-bed Infirmary was added to the Workhouse complex.
By 1882, the formation of new parishes brought the count to 90 parishes in the Union (and 93 members of the Board of Guardians).
The Board of Guardians met every Monday.
There were five subdistricts for the Louth Union: Withern, Louth, Binbrook, Saltfleet and Tetney.
Much of the red brick structure still stands, including the Infirmary Building.
Some time around 1934, the building became the Louth County Hospital, although now the street is called High Holme Road. After World War II it became Louth General Hospital and part of the NHS.
The Lincolnshire Archives has the Louth Poor Law Union admission/discharge registers (1872-1934 with gaps); the Guardians' minute books (1837-64, 1866-1930); Births (1847-65, 1910-36); Deaths (1837-66, 1914-36); Creed registers (1869-1930 with gaps); Lunatics register (1895-1905).
We have a portion of the Louth Union Creed Register. This is not the Admissions List for the workhouse, but provides a list of inmates and their religion.
1861: Charles HUDSON, master; Mrs. Mary HUDSON, matron; Rev. Albert Sydney WILDE, chaplain; Richard Bird WALTER, schoolmaster; Miss Emma BARTON, schoolmistress; John WILKINSON, porter; Mrs. Sarah TAYLOR, nurse.
1868: James William WILSON, clerk to the Board of Guardians; Jarvis CASTLEDINE, master; Mrs. Mary Ann CASTLEDINE, matron; Rev. Albert Sydney WILDE, chaplain; Richard Bird WALTER, schoolmaster; Mrs. Lucy WALTER, schoolmistress.
1872: John ILES, Chairman of the Board of Guardians; J. B. SHARPLEY and John BELL, MD, vice chairmen; James William WILSON, clerk; Rev. A. S. WILDE, chaplain; John and Mary A. CASTLEDINE, master and matron. Relieving Officers: William Richard FLINT, T. H. ANDREWS and Charles WATMOUGH.
1882: James William WILSON, clerk; Rev. A. S. WILDE, chaplain; Jarvis and Mary A. CASTLEDINE, master and matron. Relieving Officers: William Richard FLINT, M. T. ANDREWS and Charles WATMOUGH, Miss Rebecca SMITH, schoolmistress.
1900: Rev. Canon Albert Sydney WILDE, chaplain; Charles John MYERS, medical officer; James and Alice FIELDING, master and matron; Caroline LUCAS, industrial trainer.
1913: Rev. Frederick FRESHNEY, Chairman of the Board of Guardians; Frank Charlton CHARD, clerk; Thos. Cheney FARFIT, treasurer; Rev. Canon Albert Sydney WILDE, chaplain; frank LAUGHTON-SMITH, MD, medical officer; James and Alice FIELDING, master and matron; Miss Mary Sophia AYRE, industrial trainer. Relieving Officers: Joseph OSBORN, George CONNINGTON and A. S. ANDREWS.