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Report - Guildford Workhouse AKA 'The Spike' - 31-01-08

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by MarkR, Jan 31, 2008.

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    The Guildford Poor Law Union came into existence in 1836, and a Guildford Union Workhouse was built in the same year to accomodate up to 300 inmates, to provide 'paupers' with shelter in return for work.

    Around the 1870's the site was extended and became a hospital as well. In 1893, a pavilion-plan infirmary was added at the east of the workhouse, together with a married couples block, and infectious diseases block, and a large casuals' ward on Union Lane. A mortuary and disinfector were designed in 1895. A new dining-hall, kitchen and laundry were erected in 1899, and a nurses' home in 1909.

    The workhouse infirmary was taken over by Surrey County Council in 1930 and became Warren Road Hospital. In 1945, it became St Luke's Hospital, and in 1948 became part of the newly created National Health Service

    The former workhouse and infirmary buildings have now been demolished and housing now occupies the site.

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    #1 MarkR, Jan 31, 2008
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