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An Act of Parliament in the year 1834 took the responsibility of administering to the poor from the local parish church to the doorstep of civil government. The government grouped each civil parish into a union of parishes. There were nearly 600 such unions throughout England, each one comprising close to 20 or more parishes, and were specifically setup to meet the demands of the poor among their local populations, with a workhouse on the premises. The responsbility was transferred from local parishes to a Board of Guardians in each union. These groupings or unions were known as poor-law unions. Middlesex had the following poorlaw unions within its boundaries:  
 
An Act of Parliament in the year 1834 took the responsibility of administering to the poor from the local parish church to the doorstep of civil government. The government grouped each civil parish into a union of parishes. There were nearly 600 such unions throughout England, each one comprising close to 20 or more parishes, and were specifically setup to meet the demands of the poor among their local populations, with a workhouse on the premises. The responsbility was transferred from local parishes to a Board of Guardians in each union. These groupings or unions were known as poor-law unions. Middlesex had the following poorlaw unions within its boundaries:  
  
=== The Unions of Middlesex (London) ===
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=== The Unions of Middlesex (London) ===
  
 
*Battersea  
 
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=== The Records ===
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=== The Records ===
  
 
Records from the poorlaw unions, which were created from this time forward include the following:  
 
Records from the poorlaw unions, which were created from this time forward include the following:  
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#Board of Guardians' Records <br>
 
#Board of Guardians' Records <br>
  
=== Records at The Family History Library ===
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=== Online Transcriptions Relating to Poorlaw Records ===
  
To determine records availability for each poorlaw, search the Family History Library Catalog under the name of the county (Middlesex), and then under the name of the poorlaw union, i.e. Whitechapel; then search under the term[s] "poorlaw" or "poorhouses".<br>
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1) [http://www.workhouses.org.uk/index.html?England/UnionsEngland.shtml Here's a website] providing history and a few online records<br>2) Here's [http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/Paupers/ a general website] providing data on approximately&nbsp;10 percent of Yorkshire's poor
 
 
=== Online Transcriptions Relating to Poorlaw Unions ===
 
 
 
[http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=1557 London Poorlaw Union Records 1834-1940]
 
 
 
[http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/Paupers/ Some London Poor in the 1861 Census ](approx. 10%)
 

Revision as of 18:25, 13 October 2010

An Act of Parliament in the year 1834 took the responsibility of administering to the poor from the local parish church to the doorstep of civil government. The government grouped each civil parish into a union of parishes. There were nearly 600 such unions throughout England, each one comprising close to 20 or more parishes, and were specifically setup to meet the demands of the poor among their local populations, with a workhouse on the premises. The responsbility was transferred from local parishes to a Board of Guardians in each union. These groupings or unions were known as poor-law unions. Middlesex had the following poorlaw unions within its boundaries:

The Unions of Middlesex (London)

  • Battersea
  • Bermondsey
  • Brentford
  • Bethnal Green
  • Camberwell
  • Chelsea
  • Clapham
  • Clerkenwell
  • Edmonton
  • Fulham
  • Greenwich
  • Hackney
  • Hammersmith
  • Hampstead
  • Hendon
  • Holborn
  • Islington
  • Kensington
  • Lambeth
  • Lewisham
  • Marylebone
  • Mile End
  • Paddington
  • Poplar
  • St George (Hanover Square)
  • St George in the East
  • St Olave
  • St Pancras
  • St Saviour's
  • Shoreditch
  • Southwark
  • Stepney
  • Staines
  • Strand
  • Uxbridge
  • Wandsworth
  • Westminster
  • Whitechapel
  • Willesden
  • Woolwich


The Records

Records from the poorlaw unions, which were created from this time forward include the following:

  1. Guardianship
  2. Creed Registers
  3. Rate books
  4. Workhouse Lists of Inmates
  5. Register of Apprentices
  6. Register of Births
  7. Register of Deaths
  8. Vestry Rate Books
  9. Admission and Discharge Registers
  10. Board of Guardians' Records

Online Transcriptions Relating to Poorlaw Records

1) Here's a website providing history and a few online records
2) Here's a general website providing data on approximately 10 percent of Yorkshire's poor