Cleveland Street Workhouse

Cleveland Street Workhouse Family HistoryI  received an email from Ruth Richardson regarding the Cleveland Street Workshop that had been under threat of demolition a while back. I was so pleased when the news came through that the campaign for common sense to prevail was successful. Although I understand that certain issues still have to be resolved before the building is 100% safe from harm.

The email gave me two pieces of good news about the Workhouse. Firstly there is a book published about the history of the workhouse and the four years of Charles Dickens’s life when he lived only a few doors away.

Secondly Camden Council has agreed to a blue plaque being placed on Dickens’s old home on the corner of Tottenham Street and Cleveland Street, now No. 22 Cleveland Street. Planning permission and listed building consent were hurdles that had to be overcome plus the agreement of the house’s owners who happily gave their consent. The date and time of the unveiling will be announced shortly.

Gressenhall Workhouse

clip_image002I came across this website whilst looking for something else as you do on the internet ! If you have ancestors who were unlucky enough to have been inhabitants of the Gressenhall Workhouse in Norfolk then you will be fascinated by this website. The workhouse first opened in 1776 and didn’t close until 1948 so quite a long span of time.

If you live in the area then a visit would be fascinating, but for the rest of us this site will prove to be a good 2nd best.

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New Cheshire Records on Find My Past

clip_image002Find My Past have been at it again !! They have been busy this time in the Cheshire Record office and now can offer online the following records.

  • Bishops Transcripts 1576 – 1905
  • Parish Registers 1538 – 1910
  • Electoral Rolls 1842 – 1900
  • Marriage Licence Bonds & Allegations 1663 – 1905
  • Non-Conformist & Roman Catholic Records 1671 – 1910
  • Workhouse Registers 1781 – 1910

This should keep my friend Jill busy for the next few weeks as she has plenty of Cheshire ancestors !!

Wonder which counties Find my past & Ancestry are working in now? If anyone knows what is coming up please they would like to post a comment.

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