Later Additions: Brinklow (from c.1837), Easenhall (from c.1837).The population falling within the Union at the 1831 census had been 16,668 with parishes ranging in size from Westrill and Stromore (population 7) to Rugby itself (2,501).Amongst other things, the Union had the power to operate a "House of Industry" and on 1st August 1818 a contract for construction of the building was signed with a local mason, Thomas Harrall, and carpenter, Richard Over.
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The workhouse location and layout are shown on the 1903 map below. (Prior to 1896, vagrants were accommodated in part of the east wing of the main building.) Rugby casual ward and entrance block from the north-west, c.1914. The building at the west of the entrance had a much more elegant design and contained the Union offices on the ground floor and Guardians' board room on the first floor.
The board room also doubled as a chapel for the workhouse.
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In 1866, following pressure from the Poor Law Board, this was improved and a full-time nurse was appointed. In December, 1906, a new 66-bed hospital block was opened at the south of the workhouse.
As well as a male and female ward on each floor, it contained operating theatres on the ground floor, and seven nurses' rooms in an attic space.County of Northampton: Barby with Olney, Clay Coton, Crick (2), Elkington, Kilsby, Lilbourn [Lilbourne], Stanford, Yelvertoft.County of Leicester: Westrill and Starmore (Lutterworth union from 1895).The building was extended several times over the years as the number of Guardians increased.Rugby workhouse board-room from the north-east, 2000. To the rear of the main block was a large courtyard subdivided by walls to create exercise yards for the different classes of inmates (male/female, infirm/able-bodied etc.).[Up to 1834] [After 1834] [Staff] [Inmates] [Records] [Bibliography] [Links] A parliamentary report of 1777 recorded parish workhouses in operation in Rugby (for up to 25 inmates), Grandborough (20), Long Lawford (8), and Crick (9).