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Whitchurch Workhouse

Our Whitchurch Workhouse website contains information relating to the treatment and housing of the poor of the area from the 17th century through to the beginning of the 20th.

At the time the workhouse was established the town was described by Celia Fiennes.

” I passed over a little brook a mile before I came to Whitchurch which entered me into Shropshire. This is a large market town, here are two very fine gardens, one belongs to an apothecary, full of all fruits and greens; ye other was at ye Crown Inn where I stayed, it was exceeding neat with orange and lemon trees, myrtle, striped and gilded holly trees, box and phillyrea finely cut, and firs and marum syriacum which makes the fine snuff, and fine flowers all things almost in a little tract of garden ground “

Celia Fiennes 1698