Uttoxeter Poor Law Union, Staffordshire Genealogy
A free grammar school was established by the Rev. Thomas Allen, a celebrated mathematician in the sixteenth century; and there are almshouses for twelve persons, with small endowments; and a fund of about £60 per annum for apprenticing children. The poorlaw union of Uttoxeter comprises 19 parishes or places, 12 of which are in the county of Stafford, and 7 in that of Derby, the whole containing a population of 14,407.
From: A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 424-428. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=51365 Date accessed: 23 March 2011. Uttoxeter Union comprised 21 parishes and townships, as follows: Sudbury, Somersall-Herbert, Boylestone, Cubley, Doveridge, and Marstone Montgomery, in Derbyshire Abbot's Bromley, Blithfield, Bromshall, Croxton, Draycott-in-the-Clay, Field, Gratwich, Kingston, Leigh, Marchington, Marchington-Woodlands, Newborough, Norbury, Rocester, and Uttoxeter, in Staffordshire. The union had an area of 63 square miles, and in 1841 a population of 14,452, of whom 2,780 were in Derbyshire. The Union Workhouse was built in 1838-9, on the site of the old parish workhouse, on the Heath, half a mile from Uttoxeter, with room for more than 200 inmates.
For more information on the history of the workhouse, see Peter Higginbotham's web site: www.workhouses.org.uk and
Parishes in the Union
Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire Blithfield, Staffordshire Boyleston, Derbyshire Bramshall, Staffordshire Croxden, Staffordshire Cubley, Derbyshire Doveridge, Derbyshire Gratwich, Staffordshire Kingstone, Staffordshire Leigh, Staffordshire Marchington, Staffordshire Marston Montgomery, Derbyshire Newborough, Staffordshire Norbury, Derbyshire Rocester, Staffordshire Somersal Herbert, Derbyshire Sudbury, Derbyshire Uttoxeter, Staffordshire