Penkridge Poor Law Union, Staffordshire Genealogy

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History[edit | edit source]

The poorlaw union of Penkridge comprises 21 parishes or places, and contains a population of 16,074.[1]

The Union Workhouse was an old building at Brewood, enlarged between 1838 and 1842 to accommodate 200 people.

The townships of Penkridge, Coppenhall, Dunston, and Stretton were each supporting their own poor by 1834. Before the establishment of the Penkridge Union, with its workhouse first at Brewood and then at Cannock, the parish workhouse stood on the north side of Cannock Road, formerly Husbandman Street, opposite Reynolds Cottage. The building was used as cottages in the last half of the 19th century but has recently been demolished. The site is occupied by modern houses.[2]

The Penkridge Poor Law Union was renamed On 14th March, 1877 and became known as the Cannock Poor Law Union.

Parishes in the Union[edit | edit source]

Acton Trussell, Staffordshire
Bednall, Staffordshire
Brewood, Staffordshire
Bushbury, Staffordshire
Cannock, Staffordshire
Cheslyn Hay, Staffordshire
Church Eaton, Staffordshire
Coppenhall, Staffordshire
Dunston, Staffordshire
Gentleshaw, Staffordshire
Great Wyrley, Staffordshire
Lapley, Staffordshire
Norton Canes, Staffordshire
Penkridge, Staffordshire
Shareshill, Staffordshire
Stretton, Staffordshire
Teddesley Hay, Staffordshire

Later additions Coven,St Paul, Staffordshire

  1. A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 545-549. http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=51208 Date accessed: 22 March 2011.
  2. Penkridge: Introduction and manors, A History of the County of Stafford: Volume 5: East Cuttlestone hundred (1959), pp. 103-126. http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=53403 Date accessed: 22 March 2011.