Information for record number MWA5755:
Site of Nuneaton Union Workhouse

Summary The site of Nuneaton Union Workhouse which provided work and lodgings for the poor people of the parish during the Imperial period. It was situated on the west side of College Street, Chilvers Coton, and is marked on the first edition Ordnance Survey map of 1887.
What Is It?  
Type: Workhouse, Hospital
Period: Imperial - Industrial (1751 AD - 1913 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Nuneaton and Bedworth
District: Nuneaton and Bedworth, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 35 90
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record

Source Number  

1 Site of Nuneaton Union Workhouse marked on OS map of 1887.
2 Nuneaton Poor Law Union was formed on 6th April 1836. In 1836, the existing Coton Chilvers Workhouse was taken over by the Nuneaton Poor Law Union. By 1884, it accommodated 226 inmates. An 80-bed infirmary and a laundry were erected in 1905 at a cost of £12,000 plus £2,200 for fittings. After 1930, the Workhouse Site became a Public Assistance Institution. The Site eventually grew into what is now the George Eliot Hospital. The main Workhouse buildings are believed to have been demolished in the 1970s, and little now (2001) remains apart from the 1905 infirmary block at the west of the Site.

Source No: 2
Source Type: Internet Data
Title: The Workhouse - The Story of the Workhouse
Author/originator: Peter Higgingbottom
Date: 2014
Page Number:
Source No: 1
Source Type: Map
Title: Map 2500 1887
Author/originator: Ordnance Survey
Date: 1887
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: 2500
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period Imperial 1751 AD to 1914 AD (end of the 18th century AD to the beginning of the 20th century AD)

This period comes after the Post Medieval period and before the modern period and starts with beginning of the Industrial Revolution in 1750. It includes the second part of the Hannoverian period (1714 – 1836) and the Victorian period (1837 – 1901). The Imperial period ends with the start of the First World War in 1914.
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monument SITE * Unclassifiable site with minimal information. Specify site type wherever possible. back
monument BUILDING * A structure with a roof to provide shelter from the weather for occupants or contents. Use specific type where known. back
monument LODGINGS * Accommodation in hired rooms or a lodging house. back
monument WORKHOUSE * A 19th century establishment for the provision of work for the unemployed poor of a parish; later an institution administered by Guardians of the Poor, in which paupers are lodged and the able-bodied set to work. back
monument PUBLIC ASSISTANCE INSTITUTION * Name given to a workhouse after 1929. The Local Government Act of 1929 abolished Poor Law Unions and Guardians, and control passed to public assistance authorities run by county boroughs and county councils. Lasted until 1948 when poor laws were repealed. back
monument INDUSTRIAL * This is the top term for the class. See INDUSTRIAL Class List for narrow terms. back
monument HOSPITAL * An establishment providing medical or surgical treatment for the ill or wounded. Use narrower term where possible. back
monument COLLEGE * An establishment, often forming part of a university, for higher or tertiary education. back
monument INFIRMARY * A building used for the care of the sick. Only to be used where part of a complex, eg. a workhouse. In such cases use with appropriate monument type. back
monument LAUNDRY * A room or building where clothing and other fabrics are washed, mangled, steamed and ironed. back

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