Cheshire Workhouses and Poor Law Unions
The Poor Law Unions classified as being within Cheshire are Altrincham,
Birkenhead, Boughton, Chester, Congleton, Macclesfield, Nantwich, Northwich,
Runcorn, Stockport and Wirral
| Workhouses, List of those visited in 1867
With Name of the Workhouse and numbers of insane, idiotic, and imbecile
inmates p255 J
From PP 1867/68 Vol XXXI pp 1-301
Twenty Second Report of the Commissioners in Lunacy
to the Lord Chancellor. Submitted by Alan Longbottom
Summary of Results.
Pauper inmates of Workhouse establishments in the Registration County number
4,181 persons of all ages, 2,398 Males and 1,783 Females.
These represent approximately 0.5% of the general population.
At advanced ages the proportion is far higher; at 55 years and upwards the % is
2.4% and at 65 years and upwards is 3.7%.
Prisoners in the Local and Convict Prisons in the Registration County number 266
as against 180 in 1891. 210 Male 56 Female.
The Blind, Deaf and Dumb
The number of persons returned as Blind is 501, and of these 13 suffer from some
other Infirmity also.
Deaf and Dumb persons including 22 returned simply as Dumb, number 302 as
against 278 in 1891 and of these 9 suffer from some other Infirmity also.
Lunatics number 1,891 including 7 afflicted with some other Infirmity also; and
the Imbecile and Feeble-minded 1,319, including 10 otherwise afflicted. The
total of these classes is 3,030 as
against 2,136 in 1891. Note the words used for description have changed in the
It may be noted that, of the 3,030 persons returned as mentally deranged, 2,395
were the inmates of institutions, including 2,027 in
Public and Private Lunatic Asylums, 368 in Workhouses. The remaining 635 were
residing with relatives or in unlicensed houses.
Of the 368 mentally deranged persons enumerated in Workhouses, 19 were returned
as a Lunatics and 349 as Imbecile, or Feeble-minded; and of the 635 not
enumerated in Institutions, 10 were returned as Lunatics and 625 as Imbecile or
County of Chester in PP 1902 Cd 1,213
Submitted by Alan Longbottom
Whitby High School
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Cheshire Record Office
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December 19, 2006