Herefordshire Poor Law Unions and Workhouses
The Poor Law Unions classified as being in Herefordshire are Bromyard, Dore,
Hereford, Kington, Ledbury, Leominster, Ross and Weobley
p 255 J - Workhouses, List of those visited in 1867
With Name of the Workhouse and numbers of
insane, idiotic, and imbecile inmates.
Source: 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 746
persons of all ages, 483 Males and 263 Females.
These represent approximately 0.66% of the general population.
At advanced ages the proportion is far higher; at 55 years and upwards the % is
2.2% and at 65 years and upwards is 3.56%.
Prisoners in the Prisons at Hereford 23 including 1 Female
The Blind, Deaf and Dumb
The number of persons returned as Blind is 105, and of these 3 suffer from some
other Infirmity also.
Deaf and Dumb persons including 9 returned simply as Dumb, number 51, and of
these 5 suffer from some other Infirmity also.
Lunatics number 306, including 1 who is Blind also; and the Imbecile and
Feeble-minded 289, including 6 otherwise afflicted.
The total of these classes is 595.
It may be noted that, of the 595 persons returned as mentally deranged, 453 were
the inmates of institutions, including 378 in Public and Private Lunatic
Asylums, 73 in Workhouses, and 2 in other Institutions, the remaining 142 were
residing with relatives or in unlicensed
Of the 73 mentally deranged persons enumerated in Workhouses, 6 were returned as
Lunatics and 67 as Imbecile, or Feeble-minded.
Statistics submitted by Alan Longbottom
From Census Statistical Volume 1901
County of Hereford in PP 1903 Vol LXXXV Cd 1,426
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