Warrington Poor Law Union, Lancashire Genealogy

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History[edit | edit source]

Early workhouses at Warrington 1728 (Church Street) Cuerdley (50), and at Great Sankey (45). Existed by 1777 when a Paliamentary report mentioned them.
A workhouse was opened at Poulton with Fearnhead in around 1740.
Newton-le-Willows had a workhouse on Bridge Street.
Warrington Poor Law Union was formed on 2nd February, 1837 Constituent parishes included

Lancashire:  Burton Wood, Lancashire Genealogy, Cuerdley ,  Golborne, Lancashire Genealogy, Haydock;   Hollinfare, Lancashire GenealogyHoughton, Middletown and Arbury; Kenyon,  Newton in Mackerfield Newton in Makerfield, Lancashire, Penketh  Padgate, Lancashire Genealogy, Poulton with Fearnhead, Rixton with Glazebrook, Great Sankey, Lancashire GenealogyCroft with Southworth, Lancashire GenealogyWarrington Christ Church, Lancashire Genealogy Warrington Holy Trinity, Lancashire Genealogy,Warrington St Elphin, Lancashire GenealogyWarrington St Paul, Lancashire Genealogy Woolstone with Martinscrofts,  Winwick, Lancashire Genealogy.

Cheshire:Grappenhall, Cheshire Genealogy, Latchford, Cheshire Genealogy Thelwall, Cheshire Genealogy
Later Addition: Little Sankey (from 1894).

Initially, the new Warrington Union took over existing township workhouses at Warrington and Newton-le-Willows.

For more information see The Workhouse, Warrington, Lancashire

Records[edit | edit source]

  • Lancashire Record Office, Bow Lane, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2RE. Few records survive — main holdings are Guardians' minutes (1837-1900).
  • Poor law records, 1783-1846 Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1990 Microreproduction of original records housed at the Warrington Library, Warrington, Lancashire.
    Warrington Library no.: Mss. 200, 219-225

Payments to the poor 1783
FHL BRITISH Film 1701003 Item 26

Apprenticeship indentures 1823-1844 Poor rates 1846, 1838-1842
FHL BRITISH Film 1701004 Items 12-17

Poor  Law records Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1990 Microreproduction of original records housed at the Warrington Library, Warrington, Lancashire.
Warrington Library no.: Mss. 125-166, 774-778, 788-839, 844, 1039-1040.

Outdoor poor relief 1798-1810, 1826-1829 Indoor poor relief 1736-1752 Day book 1757-1760 (includes payments made to poor)
FHL BRITISH Film 1701001 Items 9-12
Day books (contd.) 1779-1811 (From 1784 the accounts were arranged by subject, e.g. burials, apprentices, etc.) Cash accounts 1780-1800, 1771-1805 (not many names mentioned)
FHL BRITISH Film 1701002
Overseers' minute books 1834-1852 (includes bastardy orders etc.)
FHL BRITISH Film 1701023 Items 5-9
Poor rates 1818-1823
FHL BRITISH Film 1701024 Items 2-8
Poor rates 1823-1828
FHL BRITISH Film 1701025
Poor rates 1829-1834
FHL BRITISH Film 1701087
Poor rates 1835-1837
FHL BRITISH Film 1701088
Poor rates 1837-1840
FHL BRITISH Film 1701089
Poor rates 1840-1843
FHL BRITISH Film 1701090
Poor rates 1843-1845
FHL BRITISH Film 1701091
Poor rates 1846-1848
FHL BRITISH Film 1701092
Poor rates 1848
FHL BRITISH Film 1701093
Poor rates 1849 Valuation 1838 Accounts 1746-1757 Petition 1780
FHL BRITISH Film 1701094 Items 1-5
Apprenticeship indentures 1854, 1825
FHL BRITISH Film 1701095 Item 5

  • Workhouse register, 1824-1829  Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1990
Workhouse register, 1824-1829
FHL BRITISH Film 1701225 Item 9
  • Account books, 1705-1798 Microreproduction of original records housed at the Warrington Library, Warrington.
    Contains 2 notebooks, in different handwriting, covering the periods 1705-1756 and 1761-1798. Besides accounts, they contain various names, recipes, and recipients of a charity.
    Warrington Library nos.: mss. 99-100.

Halton, Cheshire Genealogy & Warrington Lancashire

Account books, 1705-1798
FHL BRITISH Film 1701001 Items 7-8
  • Warrington Rate books and valuation lists, 1846-1885 publications: Wakefield, Yorkshire : Micro Methods, 1993 Microfilm copy of original at the Warrington Library, Warrington, Cheshire.
Rate books, 1851, 1861 Valuation list, 1866 (to folio #114)
FHL BRITISH Film 1818333
Valuation lists, 1866-1871 (from folio #114), 1871-1874, 1885 (to folio #180)
FHL BRITISH Film 1818334
Valuation list, 1885-1887 (from folio #180)
FHL BRITISH Film 1818335
Rate books, 1846-1847, 1850
FHL BRITISH Film 1818336
Rate books, 1851 (vol. 2), 1854, 1861 (vol. 2) (Includes highway rates and lighting rates for 1851, 1854; and poor rates, 1861.)
FHL BRITISH Film 1818337
Rate books, 1871 (Jan. & Aug.), 1872 (Jan.) (Contains poor rates.)
FHL BRITISH Film 1818338
Rate books, 1872 (Jan. from folio #120), 1873 (Dec.), 1881 (Aug.) (Contains poor rates.)
FHL BRITISH Film 1818339
Rate books, 1881 (Aug., from folio #241 & Dec.)
FHL BRITISH Film 1818340

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  •  Forrest, D (2001) Warrington's Poor and the Workhouse, 1725-1851.
  •  Hitchcock, T.V. (1985) The English workhouse: a study in institutional poor relief in selected counties. l695-l750. (DPhil thesis. University of Oxford.)

Websites[edit | edit source]

http://www.workhouses.org.uk/index.html?Warrington/Warrington.shtml Peter Higginbotham site contains images, maps and history of the Union