RepositoryLondon Borough of Bromley Archives
LevelCollection
Ref No846GBy
TitleBromley Poor Law Union
Date1836-1940
DescriptionRecords of the Bromley Poor Law Union, including minutes, correspondence, accounts, and workhouse records.
Administrative HistoryThe union workhouse system came into existence as a result of the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834. This Act was a radical piece of legislation, which removed the `Old Poor Law' system that dated back to Elizabeth I. This system had come under increasing pressure as a result of social and economic changes in the late 1700s to early 1800s. This Act set up a new administrative structure and a new approach to the relief of the poor. It moved the responsibility for relief of the poor from the local level and parish overseers and county justices of the peace to a central body.

The Administrative structure of the Victorian poor law finally came to an end with the Local Government Act (1929), which took effect on 31 March 1930. Later in the existence of the workhouse its function became more medical, with out-relief and labour yards being used more than internment in the workhouse itself. The later records show accidents including road traffic and the use of ambulances.

Bromley Union's Workhouse was in Farnborough at the site of the former Farnborough Hospital, now the Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough, Kent. The records include minute books, letter books/Correspondence and numerous registers covering various aspects of the Poor Law Unions Work. The collection is large but there are numerous gaps in the series of records.
Extent1016 Items
Access StatusOpen
Created byBromley Poor Law Union, 1836-1930
Bromley Board of Guardians, 1836-1930
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