Dover Poor Law Union, Kent

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History[edit | edit source]

Dover Poor Law Union was the name adopted on 12 May 1837, replacing the name River Poor Law Union which had been adopted when that Union was formed in 1835.

There had been prior to this two earlier Unions:

The Gilbert Union workhouse in River which had begun as a parish workhouse River, Kent and developed in the 1790's to include Alkham, Kent Buckland near Dover, Kent Capel, Kent Charlton by Dover, Kent Dover St James the Apostle, Kent Temple Ewell, Kent Eythorne, Kent Folkstone Hougham, Kent Ringwould, Kent River, Kent Walmer, Kent and Whitfield, Kent

The Gilbert Union workhouse in East Langdon which developed in the 1790's to include East Langdon , Kent St Margaret at Cliffe, Kent Oxney, Kent Guston, Kent Great Mongeham, Kent Little Mongeham, Kent Ripple, Kent Sutton by Dover, Kent and West Cliffe, Kent

For more information on the history of the workhouse, see Peter Higginbotham's web site: and Dover (River) Workhouse

Dover Workhouse Admittances

Buckland and the Dover Union

Dover's Workhouses

Buckland History website

Constituent Parishes[edit | edit source]

Alkham, Kent Buckland near Dover, Kent Capel-le-Ferne, Kent Charlton by Dover, Kent Coldred, Kent Denton (near Dover), Kent Dover Castle, Kent Dover St James the Apostle, Kent Dover St Mary the Virgin, Kent Dover Trinity, Kent East Cliffe, Kent East Langdon , Kent Guston, Kent Hougham, Kent Hougham-in-Dover, Kent Kingsdown St John, Kent Lydden, Kent Oxney, Kent Ringwould, Kent River, Kent Sibertswold, Kent St Margaret at Cliffe, Kent Temple Ewell, Kent West Cliffe, Kent West Langdon, Kent Whitfield, Kent Wootton, Kent

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The Family History Library includes filming of;

Admissions and discharges, births, deaths and religious creed registers of the Workhouse at Buckland, 1835-1914 Dover Poor Law Union whose records are held at the Centre for Kentish Studies, Maidstone, England.The workhouse is in the parish of Buckland in the district of Dover. Kent Archives Office reference at date of microfilming (1991) GI Do/WIA 1-19; WIB 1-2; WIC 1; WID 1.

In adddition The Family History Library has microfilm of Parish chest records, 1611-1858 for Dover which were microfilmed at Canterbury Cathedral Archives in 1992 under reference U3/30/4/1, U3/30/8/1-5, U3/30/13/1-3, U3/30/16/1-2, U3/30/18/1-40, U3/30/19/1, U3/30/25/1

See England, Kent, Workhouse Records - FamilySearch Historical Records