Chorley Poor Law Union, Lancashire

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History[edit | edit source]

There are descriptions of early workhouses at Brindle (60) and within Chorley (from circa 1788) itself on the east side of Eaves Lane. Chorley also had used places at Westhoughton and Hoghton and Leyland.
The Chorley Poor Law Union was formed on 26th January 1837 and began to close the older sites, but was criticized for it’s provision by the inspections of the Poor law commission.

The site Lane Hospital (Psychiatric) but was demolished and private housing now occupies the site.

Constituent parishes within the Union:
 Adlington, Lancashire, Anderton , Anglezark,  Brindle, Lancashire, Charnock Heath, Charnock Richard, Chorley Chorley St Laurence, LancashireChorley St George, LancashireChorley St Peter, Lancashire ,Clayton-le-Woods, Coppul Coppull, LancashireCroston, Lancashire, Cuerden, Duxbury,  Eccleston, LancashireEuxton, LancashireHeapey, Lancashire, Heskin,  Hoghton, Lancashire, Leyland, Lancashire, Mawdesley Mawdesley with Bispham, LancashireRivington, Lancashire, Ulves Walton, Welsh Whittle, Wheelton, Whittle le Woods, Lancashire, Withnell Withnell, Lancashire.
Later Addition:  Bretherton, Lancashire.

Records[edit | edit source]

• Lancashire Record Office, Bow Lane, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2RE. Holdings include: Board of Guardians' minutes (1861-2, 1901-30; Admissions and discharges (1926-52); Lists of paupers (1899-1900); Punishment records (1872-1948); Register of mechanical restraint (1901-48); etc.

Websites[edit | edit source] Peter Higginbotham website includes history, maps of the Union sites.