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Spalding Poor Law Union

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

  • After the Poor Law Reform Act of 1834, the Spalding Poor Law Union was formed on 30 November 1835 to serve the needs of nine local parishes (Donington, Quadring, Gosberton, Surfleet, Pinchbeck, Spalding, Cowbit, Weston, and Moulton).
  • Deeping St Nicholas was the tenth parish to join the Union in 1866 (only a portion of the parish was included at this time).
  • The new workhouse was built out of red brick on the eastern side of Pinchbeck Road to the north of Spalding in 1836 with room for 300. An infirmary was added in 1844. All these buildings have since been demolished.
  • There is a plan of the workhouse at the workhouses site.
  • The Lincolnshire Archives has the Spalding Poor Law Union Guardians' minute books (1835-1930); Admissions and discharges (1913-16, 1924-8); Creed register (1914-36); Punishment book (1862-1929); Register of lunatics (1914-48) and some misc. documents.
  • There are no birth or death registers for Spalding Workhouse.
  • For more on 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.

Bibliography

  • None.

District Population

    Year  Inhabitants
1801 10,881
1831 15,579
1851 21,290
1871 23,184
1881 24,958
1891 21,726
1911 23,494

Staff and officers

  • 1842: A. MAPLES, clerk; John KNIGHT, workhouse master. Relieving Officers: James GENTLE and Edward STORR.
  • 1872: H. H. TATUM, chairman of the Board of Guardians; Ashley MAPLES, union clerk; George CRAVEN, workhouse master; Catherine CRAVEN, matron; John J. SISSON and Letitia HICKINBOTTOM, school teachers; Rev. Michael SISSON, chaplain; George FAIRBANKS, porter; Dr. Henry T. STILES, medical officer. Relieving Officers: William TOMLIN, John G. BOLTON and R. OWEN.
  • 1882: H. H. TATAM, chairman of the Board of Guardians; Ashley MAPLES, union clerk; George C. BIMROSE, workhouse master; Mrs. Rebecca BIMROSE, matron; Joshua James ROSE and Letitia HICKINBOTTOM, school teachers; Rev. Michael SISSON, chaplain; Dr. Henry T. STILES, medical officer. Relieving Officers: William TOMLINE and John G. BOLLON.
  • 1900: Rev. John Thomas DOVE, chairman of the Board of Guardians; Harold Stanley MAPLES, union clerk; William LANE, treasurer; George C. BIMROSE, workhouse master; Mrs. Rebecca BIMROSE, matron; Rev. Richard Guy ASH, chaplain; Gilbert Lacy BARRITT, medical officer. Relieving Officers: George HANDFORD and William TOMLINE.
  • 1913: Rev. John Chatwin JONES, chairman of the Board of Guardians; Harold Stanley MAPLES, clerk; William LANE, treasurer; Hedley A. R. KING, workhouse master; Mrs. KING, matron; Rev. Richard Guy ASH, chaplain; James Ramsey MUNRO, medical officer. Relieving Officers: George HANDFORD and Edmund FISHER.
  • 1930: Richard GLEED, chairman of the Board of Guardians; Ashley Kilshaw MAPLES, clerk; B. J. H.. KING, workhouse master.