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[Up to 1834] [After 1834] [Staff] [Inmates] [Records] [Bibliography] [Links] The 1725 edition of An Account of Several Workhouses reports workhouses in operation in the Northampton parishes of All Saints and St Peter.
A parliamentary report of 1776-7 listed four: All Saints (for up to 60 inmates), St Giles (15), St Peter's (6), and St Sepulchre (45).
Eden, in his 1797 survey of the poor in England, reported of Northampton that: The Poor in All Saints are partly maintained in a workhouse, and partly at home.
The average number in the house is estimated at 70.
In August, 1795, there were only 40, mostly old infirm people, lunatics and children.
The latter are employed in spinning jersey, the old men in making shoes.
Their earnings altogether amount to about £85 or £90 a year.
The children are taught to read, and at 12 or 14 are bound apprentices, generally to some of the northern cotton manufacturers, till they are 21; and girls at a proportionate age sent to service.
The Workhouse was not originally designed for the purpose to which it is now applied, and is therefore in some respects very inconvenient.