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Report - Vagrancy Cells, St Mary's Hospital, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, January 2016

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by HughieD, Jan 28, 2016.

  1. HughieD

    HughieD 28DL Regular User
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    A bit of history. St. Mary’s was used originally a workhouse. It was later used as a hospital. The first major vagrancy law was passed in 1349 but it was the Vagrancy Act of 1824 made it an offence to sleep rough or beg. It was introduced to deal with the increasing numbers of homeless and penniless people in England and Wales following the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815 and (harshly) assumed that homelessness was due to idleness.

    Records of a workhouse in Melton date back to 1777. Records from 1835 indicate the workhouse was in the town on Back Street. A new workhouse was built in 1836 on the east side of Thorpe Road providing somewhere poor people in the area could go and in return for food and clothing they were given work to do. It was designed by Charles Dyer at a cost of £6,000 with accommodation for three hundred people. Historic records cite it rarely being more than half full at any particular time. It contained work cells for stone-breaking at the southern side. The cells walls contained outlet grids (now bricked up) through which small pieces of broken stone were placed.

    A campaign to achieve listed status for the old 19th century Melton Union Workhouse and the vagrant cells failed in 2001. Government officials rejected the request citing the fact that the buildings didn't meet standards set out by English Heritage guidelines. One suggestion to save the place was to move the vagrant cells brick-by-brick to another location.

    Only a few pictures so here they are.

    The fairly uninteresting side view:

    24577872986_40fe91420f_b.jpg img3395 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    A nicely brick-decorated gable end though...

    24308415020_f5a8f4c527_b.jpg img3393 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Colder inside or out?

    24495721062_1697b83526_b.jpg img3359 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    24521873401_8c737c2d6d_b.jpg img3372 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    24521930691_d13f3d3f51_b.jpg img3380 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    A rather uninviting looking bed in one of the cells...

    24308666540_081786d585_b.jpg img3377 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    24308756200_02d55a9661_b.jpg img3374 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    24495918282_33ab5f96d2_b.jpg img3375 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    ...and an old desk too:

    24604317735_97de505802_b.jpg img3371 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And finally an old toilet cistern:

    24522136831_f85c3d9d64_b.jpg img3362 by HughieDW, on Flickr
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  2. molly wicks

    molly wicks 28DL Full Member
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    Feb 2, 2016
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    looks good let me know if you go again some timexx
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  3. Urbexbandoned

    Urbexbandoned 28DL Regular User
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    Like the 4th shot mate :thumb
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