SY6778 : The old workhouse

taken 9 years ago, near to Weymouth, Dorset, England

The old workhouse
The old workhouse
Weymouth was not without the necessary means to alleviate the ravages of poverty. In 1805 plans were laid to provide a poorhouse on the Wyke Regis road - thought to be on this site originally. With the enactment of the Poor Law, the town officials were moved to erect this Union Workhouse in 1836. The region's population at the time was around 17,000 and the costing for the inmates set at 7s.4d. per head.

It was largely based on the designs by Sampson Kempthorne, dressed in Portland Stone and was in use until 1929. It then was converted to Portwey Hospital, which provided care until 1987. The site was left derelict until recently when it was redeveloped as private residences.

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Geographical Context: Historic sites and artefacts Housing, Dwellings Suburb, Urban fringe Primary Subject: Housing Estate other tags: Poorhouse Click a tag, to view other nearby images.
This photo is linked from: Articles: · WW1 Great War Centenary - Auxiliary Hospitals Automatic Clusters: · Weymouth and Portland [22] ·
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 3 September, 2014   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 29 October, 2014
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 6745 7846 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:36.2966N 2:27.6797W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 6744 7844
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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