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HER Number:MDV24304
Name:Kingsbridge Union Workhouse


Former Kingsbridge Union Workhouse, built 1830s, stone with brick window facings. Parts of main and south ranges survive, in residential and commercial use.


Grid Reference:SX 731 443
Map Sheet:SX74SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishKingsbridge
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishKINGSBRIDGE

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX74SW/177
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 431620

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WORKHOUSE (XIX - 1835 AD to 1837 AD (Between))

Full description

Wood, J., 1841, Plan of the Parish and Environs of Kingsbridge (Cartographic). SDV336838.

'Kingsbridge Union House' shown on Kingsbridge Parish Plan of 1841.

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'Kingsbridge Union Workhouse' shown on 19th century map as a large group of buildings in roughly three rows. The buildings are shown at the north end of a rectangular enclosure at the west end of Union Street in Kingsbridge. Map object based on this Source.

Department of Environment, 1949, Kingsbridge (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV339434.

Workhouse (former) Union Road. Circa 1835, parallel ranges. Large, three storey, approximately formerly 25 windows, with centre destroyed by enemy action. Stone with brick window facings. Smaller range, south, two storey, stone with brick window facings. Symmetrical centre block in good condition. Two storey, eleven windows including three window central projection, cambered heads to ground floor windows, six-panel door with sunk upper panels. Link wall to lodge, east. Now all in commercial use.

Ordnance Survey, 1963, SX74SW (Cartographic). SDV339435.

Building shown as Homelands on 1963 map.

Oswald, N. C., 1982, A Review of Medical Care in the South Hams over the Centuries, 46 (Article in Serial). SDV145713.

Opened in 1837 with accommodation for 350 but the highest total was 167 in 1871. It maintained an infirmary of about 40 beds with a fever isolation ward

Adwas, J., 1990, The Poor in Dodbrooke through the Ages, 3 (Article in Serial). SDV336834.

Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

Now a mix of commercial and residential use. Map object based on this Source.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV145713Article in Serial: Oswald, N. C.. 1982. A Review of Medical Care in the South Hams over the Centuries. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 114. Paperback Volume. 46.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336834Article in Serial: Adwas, J.. 1990. The Poor in Dodbrooke through the Ages. Kingsbridge History Society Recorder. 3. Unknown. 3.
SDV336838Cartographic: Wood, J.. 1841. Plan of the Parish and Environs of Kingsbridge. Photocopy.
SDV339434List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1949. Kingsbridge. Historic Houses Register. Website.
SDV339435Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1963. SX74SW. Ordnance Survey 6 inch map. Map (Paper).
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).

Associated Monuments

MDV51270Related to: Dodbrooke Workhouse (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 18 2012 11:52AM