Workhouse links

Following our talk given by members of the Chesterfield St Helen’s and District Local History Society and the Chesterfield and District Family History Society on 26 May 2022 about the Christ Church, Stonegravels, paupers research project, we though we might post some links for those more interested in this sometimes harrowing human story. The project is Heritage Lottery funded.

An Edwardian postcard of the former infirmary building to the Chesterfield Union Workhouse. This block, fronting Newbold Road, was demolished some years ago, but the original workhouse building behind it survives and is now apartments.

To find out more about the stories of the people who lived at the Chesterfield Poor Law Union workhouse (latterly known as Scarsdale Hospital) visit the St Helen’s Local History Society’s page here. The stories can be viewed through their page here. The Union included the township of Tapton and parish of Brimington.

There’s more about the Chesterfield workhouse on Newbold Road – visit the workhouses.org website here.

For an alphabetical list of Chesterfield Union Workhouse inmates and staff taken from the 1841 UK census with the website here.

You’ll find more resources by searching the internet, but we’d recommend you start with those above.

During the summer we hope to welcome a book on the stories, published as part of the St Helen’s Local History Society’s project.

Our 26 May 2022 meeting ‘about the Christ Church, Stonegravels, paupers research project’ heard some harrowing stories of those who lived at the Chesterfield Union workhouse.

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