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  Rhayader Union workhouse

The workhouse at Rhayader was built in 1870 at a cost of 4,000. It was able to house 50 inmates.
After 1834 some Unions were reluctant to build a workhouse since they often believed that it was cheaper to continue paying poor relief to those that needed it instead of trying to run a workhouse.

Map showing workhouse

Board of Guardians - local landowners and rate payers who managed the running of the workhouse.

The workhouse was run by a Board of Guardians. Here are the people on the Rhayader Board of Guardians at the beginning of the century.

Photo of Board of Guardians


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