The Workhouse

Faringdon Workhouse

Faringdon had a workhouse from around 1725. A new one (photo) was erected around 1801 in Ferndale Street (then called Back Street) and built to accommodate 400 persons of both sexes. It was known locally as the ‘Institution’ and lasted until 1933 when it was converted into flats. The building was finally demolished in the 1970’s.

Workhouse ChildrenOld King Cole performed by the children of the Workhouse in front of the chapel.
L to R:
Back row: Nancy Jackson (crown); ?; ?; Reg Wooliff; Evelyn Vincent; William Butler (horn); Ethel Hart; — Linscott; — Goodwin.
2nd row from back: — Carter; — Linscott; — Carter (fiddler); — Godwin; ?; Stan Wooliffe (fiddler); Fred Butler; — Johnson (baker); Alice Jackson (cook).
3rd row from back: — Pusey; ? (scarecrow); Leslie Lynn; ?; ? (egg).
Front row: ?; ?; — Payne; — Godwin; — Carter; ?

More details – Faringdon Workhouse. Andrew Edgington (pdf)