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[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Wales Genealogy|Wales]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Carmarthenshire Genealogy|Carmarthenshire]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] Poor Law Unions
Under the '''Poor Law Amendment Act 1834''' all parishes in Wales and England were grouped together into '''Poor Law Unions'''. Each Poor Law Union had to provide a place where people who were unable to support themselves could live and work, known as the '''workhouse'''. Conditions in the workhouses were deliberately made to be harsh, spartan and degrading so as to deter all but the absolutely destitute. [[Image:Carmarthenshire.jpg|thumb|right|Carmarthenshire.jpg]]
Before the 1834 Act, although some workhouses did exist, individual parishes provided relief in the form of money, food, clothing or goods, but the recipients continued to live independently.
The county of Carmarthenshire was covered by five Unions:
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! width="25%" | Union
|- valign="top"
| '''Llandeilo Fawr'''
| Bettws, Brechfa, Llandilofawr, Llandyfeisant, Llanegwad, Llanfihangelaberbythych, Llanfihangelcilfargen, Llanfynydd, Llangathen, Llansawel, Talley,
|- valign="top"
| '''Llandovery'''
| Cilycwm, Conwil-Cayo, Llanddausaint, Llandingat, Llanfairarybryn, Llangadock, Llansadwrn, Llanwrda, Myddfai,
|- valign="top"
| '''Llanelli'''
| Kidwelly, Llanedy, Llanelly, Llangennech, Llannon, Pembrey,
|- valign="top"
| '''Newcastle Emlyn'''
| Kenarth, Kilrhedin, Llanfihangelararth, Llangeler, Penboyr,
|}
*[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/mid/4022753.stm Llanfyllin Workhouse restoration] (BBC Wales)
{{Place|Carmarthenshire|Poor Law Unions}} {{Poor Law}} [[Category:Carmarthenshire{{PAGENAME}}]]
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