Preston Poor Law Union, Lancashire Genealogy

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Parishes[edit | edit source]

The constituent parishes in the union included:
Alston see Longridge, Lancashire Genealogy and Ribchester, Lancashire Genealogy , Ashton upon Ribble St Andrew, Lancashire GenealogyBarton, Lancashire Genealogy, Bretherton, Lancashire GenealogyBroughton, Lancashire Genealogy, Catforth see St Michael on Wyre, Lancashire Genealogy, Cuerdale se Walton le Dale, Lancashire Genealogy , Dilworth see Longridge, Lancashire Genealogy or Ribchester, Lancashire Genealogy, Dutton see Ribchester, Lancashire Genealogy, Elston see Preston St John, Lancashire Genealogy or Grimsargh, Lancashire Genealogy, Farington, Lancashire Genealogy, Fishwick see  Preston St John, Lancashire Genealogy, Fulwood see Lancaster St Mary, Lancashire GenealogyGoosnargh, Lancashire Genealogy, Grimsargh and Brockholes Grimsargh, Lancashire Genealogy, Haighton , Hothersall see Ribchester, Lancashire Genealogy, Hoole, Lancashire Genealogy, ( Little & Much Hoole), Howick see Penwortham, Lancashire Genealogy, Hutton see Penwortham, Lancashire Genealogy; Lea , Ingol , and Cottam see Ashton upon Ribble St Andrew, Lancashire GenealogyLongton, Lancashire GenealogyPenwortham, Lancashire GenealogyPreston St John, Lancashire Genealogy , Preston Christ Church, Lancashire GenealogyPreston Holy Trinity, Lancashire GenealogyPreston St George, Lancashire Genealogy Preston St James, Lancashire Genealogy Preston St Mary, Lancashire Genealogy Preston St Paul, Lancashire Genealogy Preston St Peter, Lancashire Genealogy,Ribbleton ,  Ribchester, Lancashire Genealogy, Samlesbury, Lancashire GenealogyWalton le Dale, Lancashire GenealogyWoodplumpton, Lancashire Genealogy.
Later Addition: Whittingham see Goosnargh, Lancashire Genealogy  and Kirkham, Lancashire Genealogy(from 1838).

Fulwood Workhouse[edit | edit source]

This impressive building opened its doors for the first time in 1868. It is situated in Fulwood, an area to the north of Preston, Lancashire.
After the 2nd World War it changed its name to 'The Civic Hostel' and became a place for the destitute to stay overnight or until they could find other accommodation, and later a home for the elderly.
It closed for a while in 1979 and later became the Headquarters of the Regional Health Authority. It is now Preston Business Centre of the University of Central Lancashire.

Fulwood Workhouse Lancashire.jpg

Records[edit | edit source]

The best-known workhouse records are the master's accounts. Some admission records survive, together with guardians' minute books and general ledgers. Those records that do exist can be found in the local record offices.
• Lancashire Record Office, Bow Lane, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2RE. Holdings include Guardians' minutes (1838-1930); Workhouse births (1868-93); etc.
• The parish registers of Christ Church Fulwood contain many baptisms of children whose parents were inmates of the workhouse.

Billinge parish register transcripts, 1696-1812 : with list of Preston voters, 1688; Preston, Fishwick and Fulwood poor rates, 1736-1739; Trawden tithes, 1882; Preston and Leyland cemetery inscriptions

Transcript (handwritten). Norman, Bertram William Tuff , 1880-1959
Contents: v. 1. Births, 1696-1728; marriages, 1699-1725; burials, 1727-1760; births, 1760-1777 -- v. 2. Baptisms, 1727-1760; marriages, 1727-1761 -- v. 3. Marriages, 1760-1793 -- v. 4. Marriages, 1793-1796; births, 1804-1812 -- v. 5. Preston voters, 1688; Preston, Fishwick and Fulwood poor rates, 1736-1739; Trawden tithes, 1882; Preston and Leyland cemetery inscriptions; Bilinge baptisms, 1787-1804.

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Lancashire Online Parish Clerks[edit | edit source]

An extremely useful resource for research in Lancashire Parishes

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

See Felix Driver, Power and Pauperism: The Workhouse System, 1834-1864 (1993), M.E.Rose, The Relief of Poverty, 1834-1914 (1972), Jane M. Coleman, 'Guardians Minute Books', History, 48 (1963), P.Grey, 'Parish Workhouses and Poorhouses', The Local Historian, 10/2 (1972-3), and R.M.Gutchen, 'Paupers in Union Workhouses: Computer analysis of Admissions and Discharges', The Local Historian, 11/8 (1974-

Websites[edit | edit source]

Peter Higginbotham’s Workhouses site has detailed maps and images of the Preston area workhouses