After 1834 the Radford Poor Law Union formally came into existence on 4th July 1836. Its operation was overseen by an elected Board of Guardians, 19 in number, representing its 4 constituent parishes as listed below: (figures in brackets indicate numbers of Guardians) .
County of Nottingham: Liberty of Brewhouse Yard, Lenton (5), Radford (8), Snenton (5). with the falling population within the Union at the 1831 census had been 22,307 with parishes ranging in size from from Brewhouse Yard (population 30) to Radford itself (12,000). The average annual poor-rate expenditure for the period 1833-35 had been £2,613 or 2s.4d. per head.
The Radford Union workhouse for 200 inmates was built in 1837-38 at the south side of what is now Hartley Road in Radford, Nottingham. The cost was about £2,600 to build and could accommodate 200 inmates. The designers of the building seem to have based it on the cruciform layout that was popular at this period.
The Radford Parish Workhouse was used up to 1877. From April 1881 it was used by Nottingham Corporation as a ‘Children’s Training Institute’. In the beginning the training institute accommodated 81 children. By 1913 the Central Home and a receiving home plus administrative offices had been added and a further receiving home was opened on the site in 1923. Eventually children’s homes became less institutional and smaller more homely places were provided. However it was not until 1962 that this ‘institute’ ceased to be used and the buildings were later demolished.
Article originally published by Peter Woodward of My Broxtowe Hundred Journal Website.