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Knighton and district
The Union Workhouse
  Spending less to help the poor  

For many years money raised by the local Poor Rate, collected from the people of the parish, was used to support the poorest people of the district, including the old and the sick. The money helped them to stay in their own homes or in lodgings, and this system of caring for the poor was called 'Outdoor Relief'.
But there were many complaints about the cost of the Workhouse inmatespoor rate, and wealthy landowners were among those demanding a cheaper way of dealing with the poor.
This came with a new Act of Parliament in 1834 which forced parishes to combine together into Poor Law Unions and build large workhouses for the whole area. These were almost like prisons, with bare walls, hard beds, and little food. Family members were split up and could not meet as long as they were in the workhouse. In the early years of the new workhouses people were terrified of being sent there - and who could blame them ?
Find out more about the workhouse for the Knighton Poor Law Union of parishes on these pages...

The early Victorian records of Knighton workhouse have not survived.
See the pages on Llanfyllin for
more about life in a workhouse in earlier years.
Knighton Union workhouse
Presents for the poor children
Go to school - or the money stops
Treats to celebrate the new King
The workhouse apprentice
The lunatic asylum
A kindly nurse for the workhouse

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