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Houghton le Spring Poor Law Union, Durham Genealogy

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History[edit | edit source]

An hospital originally founded by Bernard Gilpin, for six aged people, was rebuilt and endowed by George Lilburne, Esq., and the Rev. George Davenport, formerly rector of the parish; the buildings are situated near the grammar school, and consist of a centre and two wings, each containing two tenements. The union workhouse is a substantial stone building: the union comprises 15 townships in the parish, and the township of Silksworth in the adjoining parish of Bishop-Wearmouth, and contains a population of 16,067.

From: 'Houghton, Glass - Hove', A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 562-566. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=51049 Date accessed: 24 March 2011.

See also http://www.wearsideonline.com/houghton_le_spring.html http://www.institutions.org.uk/workhouses/england/dur/county_durham_workhouses.htm

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

http://www.workhouses.org.uk/index.html?HoughtonLeSpring/HoughtonLeSpring.shtml

Parishes in the Union[edit | edit source]

Hetton le Hole, Durham Houghton le Spring, Durham Penshaw, Durham Rainton, Durham