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Local Workhouses


Aka Houses of industry and Union Workhouse. These were public institutions and houses of shelter for the poor and destitute of the parish, who were given work to do in return for their food and keep.

It was a place of detention and admonishment for those who failed to meet the Victorian standards of morals and enterprise.

The sick and infirm were often taken into the workhouse for medical care.

Mothers were often sent to the workhouse to give birth to an illegitimate child.

The workhouse was run by the Workhouse Master and the Workhouse Matron.

There were several local workhouses:

Barkisland Workhouse
Bentley Royd, Sowerby
Lightcliffe Workhouse
Brighouse Workhouse

Carr Green Workhouse, Langfield

Mr Eastwood
Elland with Greetland Workhouse
Erringden Workhouse

Gauxholme Workhouse
Great Scausby, Bradshaw

Halifax Union Workhouse, Gibbet Street
Halifax Workhouse
Heptonstall Workhouse
Hipperholme-cum-Brighouse Workhouse

Langfield Workhouse

Midgley Workhouse

Norland Workhouse
Northowram Workhouse

Old Poor House, Barkisland
Ovenden Workhouse

Popples Bottom, Slack

Rastrick Workhouse

Shelf Workhouse
Skircoat Workhouse
Southowram Workhouse
Sowerby Workhouse
Soyland Workhouse
Stainland Workhouse
Stansfield Workhouse

Todmorden Union Workhouse

Union Workhouse
Upper Reap Hurst, Warley

Wadsworth Workhouse
Warley Workhouse

See Brabazon Employment Society, Gilbert Union, Halifax Board of Guardians, Indoor Relief, Parish Relief, Poor Law Union, Prison, Relieving Officer and Union Workhouse



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