Prescot Union Workhouse (Whiston Workhouse)


 Prescot Union Workhouse

 

The Workhouse was built in 1843 by Robert Morris and designed by William Culshaw of Liverpool on land purchased at the corner of the Turnpike Road and Dragon Lane, Whiston. This was to replace all the older and smaller workhouses of Prescot, Windle, Widnes, Speke and Much Woolton.

This fascinating book has been published giving the history of the workhouse, its inmates, Masters and Matrons, classification of mentally ill patients, child migration and lots more.

Unique photographs have been used from the Local History and Archives Office in St Helens along with digital images of the original architects drawing from 1842 to 1870s previously unpublished. Newspaper reports and interviews from 1860 and 1888 give eyewitness accounts of conditions in the workhouse along with extracts from the Board of Guardian meetings.

 

Link to the interview I did with Andy Gill from North West Tonight in March 2010 with the opening of the new Whiston hospital and looking into the history of the workhouse: Link to YouTube

 

I also have developed a PowerPoint presentation on this book