Hungerford Poor Law Union, Workhouse Births and Deaths 1866-1914 & Paupers' Service Book, 1877-1917

The Eureka Partnership, 2005, 44pp, A5

The Hungerford Poor Law Union was formed in 1835 and initially comprised the parishes of Avington, East Garston, East Shefford, Inkpen, Kintbury, Lambourn, West Shefford and West Woodhay (Berkshire), Aldbourne, Baydon, Buttermere, Froxfield, Great Bedwyn, Ham, Little Bedwyn and Ramsbury (Wiltshire) and Chilton Foliatt, Hungerford and Shalbourne (part Berkshire and part Wiltshire). Coombe (Hampshire) was added later in 1835 and Tidcombe (Wiltshire) in 1836, Hippenscombe also in Wiltshire was added in 1858. The union was renamed as Hungerford and Ramsbury Poor Law Union in 1896. As with previous Eureka publications which contain poor law records, there is a good introduction to the poor law and its ramifications. A map of the layout is based on the OS maps surveyed in 1878, 1884 and 1886. There is also a map showing the parishes included within the union. The register of births gives the date of birth, whether male or female, names of parents or mother, from which parish the parent was admitted, when and where baptised, in which name baptised and any remarks. The register of deaths gives the date of death, name, age, to what parish chargeable, date of burial and where buried. The pauper’s service book gives the name of the child, age, date of hiring or taking servant, name of master or mistress, trade or other description of master or mistress, residence of master or mistress. Most of the children who would have been aged between eight and eighteen, would have been employed locally by tradesmen and farmers. With an index by surname, there is much detail to be found in this booklet which will prove very useful to those searching for ancestors in Hungerford.

Mary Smith

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