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Symonds House, 44 Symonds Lane

History of the Union Workhouse

Listed Building

Home for the aged, formerly the Union Workhouse. 1836, by Hallet and Newman of London; contractor, Woolacott of London. Stables converted for new tramps cells 1913 by Edwards and Walden.

The workhouse was built for 200 inmates at a cost of £3,823.11.3d, a revised and less ambitious scheme; the flints and some of the bricks were collected and made by paupers of the parish. The brick walls and gates were completed in May 1837. (Historic England)


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