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
But there were many complaints about the cost of the poor
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...
Victorian records of Knighton
workhouse have not survived.
See the pages on Llanfyllin
more about life in a workhouse in earlier years.