Dover Poor Law Union, Kent

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History[edit | edit source]

Dover Poor Law Union was the name adopted on 12 May 1837, replacing the name River Poor Law Union which had been adopted when that Union was formed in 1835.

There had been prior to this two earlier Unions:

The Gilbert Union workhouse in River which had begun as a parish workhouse River, Kent Genealogy and developed in the 1790's to include Alkham, Kent Genealogy Buckland near Dover, Kent Genealogy Capel, Kent Genealogy Charlton by Dover, Kent Genealogy Dover St James the Apostle, Kent Genealogy Temple Ewell, Kent Genealogy Eythorne, Kent Genealogy Folkstone Hougham, Kent Genealogy Ringwould, Kent Genealogy River, Kent Genealogy Walmer, Kent Genealogy and Whitfield, Kent Genealogy

The Gilbert Union workhouse in East Langdon which developed in the 1790's to include East Langdon, Kent St Margaret at Cliffe, Kent Genealogy Oxney, Kent Genealogy Guston, Kent Genealogy Great Mongeham, Kent Genealogy Little Mongeham, Kent Genealogy Ripple, Kent Genealogy Sutton by Dover, Kent Genealogy and West Cliffe, Kent Genealogy

For more information on the history of the workhouse, see Peter Higginbotham's web site: www.workhouses.org.uk and Dover (River) Workhouse

Dover Workhouse Admittances

Buckland and the Dover Union

Dover's Workhouses

Buckland History website

Constituent Parishes[edit | edit source]

Alkham, Kent Genealogy Buckland near Dover, Kent Genealogy Capel-le-Ferne, Kent Genealogy Charlton by Dover, Kent Genealogy Coldred, Kent Genealogy Denton (near Dover), Kent Genealogy Dover Castle, Kent Genealogy Dover St James the Apostle, Kent Genealogy Dover St Mary the Virgin, Kent Genealogy Dover Holy Trinity, Kent Genealogy East Cliffe, Kent Genealogy East Langdon, Kent Guston, Kent Genealogy Hougham, Kent Genealogy Hougham-in-Dover, Kent Genealogy Kingsdown St John, Kent Genealogy Lydden, Kent Genealogy Oxney, Kent Genealogy Ringwould, Kent Genealogy River, Kent Genealogy Sibertswold, Kent Genealogy St Margaret at Cliffe, Kent Genealogy Temple Ewell, Kent Genealogy West Cliffe, Kent Genealogy West Langdon, Kent Genealogy Whitfield, Kent Genealogy Wootton, Kent Genealogy

Records
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The Family History Library includes filming of;

Admissions and discharges, births, deaths and religious creed registers of the Workhouse at Buckland, 1835-1914 Dover Poor Law Union whose records are held at the Centre for Kentish Studies, Maidstone, England.The workhouse is in the parish of Buckland in the district of Dover. Kent Archives Office reference at date of microfilming (1991) GI Do/WIA 1-19; WIB 1-2; WIC 1; WID 1.

In adddition The Family History Library has microfilm of Parish chest records, 1611-1858 for Dover which were microfilmed at Canterbury Cathedral Archives in 1992 under reference U3/30/4/1, U3/30/8/1-5, U3/30/13/1-3, U3/30/16/1-2, U3/30/18/1-40, U3/30/19/1, U3/30/25/1

See England, Kent, Workhouse Records - FamilySearch Historical Records