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The new building, erected at a site on the south of Yarm Road, was for 250 inmates and 50 vagrants. Women's accommodation was located to the west of the building and men's to the east.On the ground floor were day rooms for the able and infirm, and dormitories for the infirm nearest to the entrance.Parish of Grinford: Denton, Haughton-le-Side, Pierce Bridge, Summerhouse Parish of Haughton-le-Skerne: Haughton-le-Skerne, Barmpton, Great Burdon, Coatham Mundeville, Morton Palms, Sadberge, Whissoe. The population falling within the Union at the 1831 census had been 18,883 — with parishes ranging in size from Coatsamoor (population 13) to Darlington itself (8,574).Parish of Heighington: Heighington, Coatsamoor, Killerby, Redworth, School Aycliffe, Walworth, Hurworth (2), Neasham, Middleton St George. The average annual poor-rate expenditure for the period 1833-35 had been £6,882 or 7s.3d. The Old Workhouse was taken over by the Darlington Union and continued in use until a replacement was opened in 1870.Darlington Poor Law Union formally came into existence on 20th February 1837.
Its operation was overseen by an elected Board of Guardians, 50 in number, representing its 41 constituent parishes as listed below (figures in brackets indicate numbers of Guardians if more than one): Parish of Darlington: Darlington (9), Archdeacon Newton, Blackwell, Cockerton.
There was a pair of homes for boys at Falmer Road, Darlington, and girls' homes at 107 Eastbourne Road and at Queen (now Commercial) Street, Darlington. The Falmer Road home later became Park View Boys' Home.
Anglican A building dating from the 13th Century (though thought to be on site of an earlier building) in a quiet location above Low Middleton. Laurence, Middleton St George and administered by the parish.
Virtually all the original workhouse buildings have now been demolished.
The former Guardians' Offices on East Street and Poplar Road were in use as the Darlington Register Office until 1973.
William Cox, aged 98, pulling a Christmas cracker with one of the workhouse nurses, 1928.