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Report - Old Workhouse (built circa 1840), then old hospital from 1920-1990, Wexford, Ireland

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Wexford Ramblings, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. Wexford Ramblings


    Great website guys, really inspirational. I've been challanging myself this year to do some different stuff, so I did my first trip during the summer and heres some shots:

    So, way to xray wards (go in main door and turn to right)...


    and a piece (among numerous others) of equipment still in situ...


    A cool pic of some graffitti


    A room seen from top of stairs on first floor (left wing)


    And finally, building from outside.


    I plan on going back soon as there was so much I didnt get to take pictures of and the building is really creepy. I scared the crap out of myself at one stage when I disturbed a nesting pidgeon. Still, a cool building, hours of wandering to be done (I was there for about one hour and only covered the ground floor) with little security problems.

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  2. Wexford Ramblings


    More details on building

    I would like to credit http://www.workhouses.org.uk/index.html?Ireland/Ireland.shtml for most of the info.

    The New Workhouses
    The new workhouse building project began in January 1839, with the arrival in Dublin of architect George Wilkinson, who had designed a number workhouses in England and Wales, such as the ones at Thame, Stroud and Chipping Norton. Wilkinson was employed, at a salary of £500 per annum, to undertake the design work for all 130 new workhouses. His brief from the Poor Law Commissioners stated that: 'The style of building is intended to be of the cheapest description compatible with durability; and effect is aimed at by harmony of proportion and simplicity of arrangement, all mere decoration being studiously excluded.' As well as design work, Wilkinson had to inspect and report on all the prospective workhouse sites being proposed by each local Board of Guardians.

    Within two months, Wilkinson had devised model plans upon which almost all Irish workhouse buildings would be based. Below are illustrations of his plans for workhouses for 800 inmates


    A good example of a Wilkinson's designs can be seen at Parsonstown as shown in the aerial view below, which is quite similar to what is still standing in Wexford.


    A fantastic record of births and deaths, (May 1851 – Oct 1893) can be found at http://kilmoregenealogy.com/hidden_wexford_genealogy/Wexford_Workhouse_Births.htm.
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