Nantwich Poor Law Union, Cheshire Genealogy

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History[edit | edit source]

The following workhouses are referred to in the 1777 Parliamentary report
Nantwich (for up to 30),
Audlem (10),
Baddily (9),
Chorley (80),
Eaton (12),
Faddiley (4),
Poole (18),
Tarporley (40),
Utkinton (12),
and Weston (12).

The building which was to become Nantwich workhouse was built and opened in1780 on Barony Road at Vauxhall, Nantwich.

Nantwich Poor Law Union was formed on 18th February 1837. It occupied the Nantwich workhouse

buildings and the site was later enlarged to provide a school and home for up to 60 children built in 1879-1880.
In 1853, Nantwich lost a number of parishes to the newly enlarged Whitchurch union.
In 1890-1, an infirmary was built to provide 70 beds plus dayrooms for convalescents and separate wards for special cases.
In 1894, a new tramp ward, mortuary, and other buildings were added, followed in 1895 by a steam laundry.
In 1903-5, a 70-bed women's hospital was added accompanied by a home for 15 nurses.

After around 1912, the workhouse was officially known as Nantwich Poor Law Institution. In 1914, there were 308 inmates and 18 officers in residence. After 1930, the institution became Barony County Institution and Hospital. Under the National Health Service, it became Barony Hospital which finally closed in 1994. The main workhouse building now accommodates local Health Trust offices. The former children's home houses a health services call centre.

Constituent Parishes
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Acton, Cheshire includes Worleston, Aston, Sound, Poole, Newhall, Hurleston, Henhull, Faddiley, Edleston, Edlaston, Cool Pilate, Cholmondestone, Baddington, Brindley, Burland, Cholmondeston, Aston juxta Mondrum, Austerson, and Stoke.
 Audlem, Cheshire  includes Buerton, Buerton near Nantwich, Dodcot cum Wilkesley, Hankelow, Newhall, Tittenley, and Wilksley.
Baddiley, Cheshire
Barthomley, Staffordshire

Barthomley, Cheshire includes Alsager and part of Crewe
Bickerton, Cheshire includes Bulkeley,Egerton and Larkton
Bunbury, Cheshire includes Alpraham, Beeston, Calveley, Haughton, Peckforton, Ridley, Spurstow, Tiverton, and Wardle.
Burleydam, Cheshire
Burwardsley, Cheshire
Church Minshull, Cheshire
Coppenhall, Cheshire includes Church Coppenhall, Monk's Coppenhall, and Monks Coppenhall.
Doddington, Cheshire
Farndon, Cheshire includes part of Crewe
Haslington, Cheshire
Leighton with Minshull, Cheshire
Malpas, Cheshire includes Bickley, Cholmondeley, Hampton, Macefen,Tushingham-with-Grindley
Marbury, Cheshire includes Norbury near Nantwich
Nantwich, Cheshire includes Alvaston, Willaston, Woolstanwood.
Tarporley, Cheshire includes Eaton, Rushton,Utkington
Tilstone Fearnall, Cheshire
Warmingham, Cheshire includes Elton, Moston, and Tetton.
Weston-by-Crewe, Cheshire
Wettenhall, Cheshire
Whitchurch, Cheshire includes Norbury and Wirswall
Wistaston, Cheshire
Wrenbury, Cheshire Bromhall, Broomhall, Chorley, Dodcott cum Wilkesley, Newhall, Sound, Woodcote, and Wrenbury-cum-Frith.
Wybunbury, Cheshire includes Basford, Bartherton, Batherton, Blakenhall, Bridgemere, Bridgmere, Checkley cum Wrinehill, Chorlton, Hatherton, Hough, Hunsterson, Lea, Rope, Shavington cum Gresty, Sound, Stapeley, Walgherton, and Willaston.

Records[edit | edit source]

Cheshire and Chester Archives and Local Studies Service, Cheshire Record Office, Duke Street, Chester, Cheshire CH1 1RL. Holdings include: Guardians' minutes (1842-1930, with gaps); Register of inmates (1925-49)

Microfilm copy of originals at the Cheshire Record Office in Chester, England.

Cheshire Record Office call no.: P 120/4525/217-228, D/4060/1-5.

Overseers' orders & receipts, 1780-1786. Poor rate assessments, May-Oct. 1813, Apr.-Sep. 1815, Apr.-Oct. 1817. FHL BRITISH Film 2105035 Items 5 - 10
Poor rate assessments, 1818, 1831. Poor & highway rate assessments, 1792. Highway rate assessments, 1813, 1815. Vault BRITISH Film 2105091 Items 1 - 9

Church records for the Nantwich Society of Friends monthly meetings, 1679-1830 Microfilm of original records in the Cheshire Record Office, Chester, England.Also includes Frandley.

Cheshire Record Office call nos.: EFC 5/1/1, 3-6; EFC 2/1-7, 9.

Minutes of men's meetings including intentions of marriages and completions of marriages, 1679-1724, 1773-1780. Minutes of men's meetings including births and burials, 1780-1800. Minutes of women's meetings including intentions of marriages, 1676-1794. Minutes of women's meetings including births and burials, 1773-1803. Frandley and Nantwich list of members, 1812. Certificates of removal, 1798-1827. Acceptance of removal certificates, 1801-1830. Intentions of marriages, 1801-1830. FHL BRITISH Film 2299552 Items 1 - 12


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